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A Love Greater Than Death

“When he saw her, he was moved with pity” (Luke 7:13).

We follow yesterday's feast of the "Sorrowful Mother" with today's Gospel account of another grieving woman.

Sorrowful Mother

“From that hour the disciple took her into his home” (John 19:27).

John 3:16

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son" (John 3:16).

If you decided to get a tattoo, what would it be and where would you put it? The question is hypothetical and, for many of us, implausible, but it still invites each of us to consider what image or phrase is so important that we would be willing to wear it more or less permanently on our body.

Fire in My Bones

“Woe to me if I do not preach” (1 Cor 9:16).

Formed by the Word, We Dare to Witness

“Woe to me if I do not preach” (1 Cor 9:16).

Formed by the Word, We Dare to Witness

“Woe to me if I do not preach” (1 Cor 9:16).

Measure for Measure

“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you” (Luke 6:27).

Joy

“Blessed are you …” (Luke 6:20).

There is a moment when filling a glass with water drop by drop that the water crests at the lip of the glass and then overflows with the next drop. It is full.

Judas

“…and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor” (Luke 6:19).

Jesus spends the night in prayer on a mountain, then descends and calls his disciples to gather around. From among them he chooses 12 to be Apostles, which means “those sent.” They will be specially prepared to represent him and to extend his mission when he is gone.

The Birth of Mary

“This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about” (Matt 1:18).

Genealogies serve to connect and credential the present to the past. Luke’s genealogy shows that Jesus is in the direct line of the promise made to Abraham and of the House of David. But unlike most family trees, it is Jesus who gives significance to all his ancestors, for their purpose was to point forward to his coming.