Column: What if these "divisions" among Christians were seen not as disunity but as diversity -- a positive, not a negative?
Spiritual Reflections: He wouldn't have gotten away with it in our day. How could Jesus call that woman a dog?
NCR Today: The full reality of Mary, a vulnerable human who struggled just like me, challenges me to say yes to God when I would rather say no.
My Table is Spread: God looks like us and we look like God. Which means that all human faces bear the holy features.
Soul Seeing: To take something seriously is to clench our mind on it like a fist. It squeezes out joy and brings headaches.
While it may not be completely evident at first glance, there is a remarkable similarity between the situation in which Elijah found himself (first reading) and the disciples' predicament in today's Gospel. Elijah had incurred the wrath of Jezebel, wife of Ahab, king of Israel, and as a result, the prophet had to flee into the desert. There, he began to despair. He sat under a broom tree and prayed for God to take his life.
Now in order to begin our reflection on today's Gospel lesson, it's important to remind ourselves once more where we are in this Gospel of Matthew that we read every Sunday this year. At the beginning of his public life in the Gospel, Jesus had proclaimed the good news: "The reign of God is at hand. Change your lives." The reign of God is at hand; that's what the good news is.
Commentary: When religious leaders equate religion's ancient mythologies with demonstrable facts, faith will suffer, and religion will become increasingly irrelevant.
In a sermon on the feeding of the vast crowd in a deserted place, Peter Gomes insisted that the message of this miracle is clear: It is not the will of God that people should go hungry (Sermons: Biblical Wisdom For Daily Living, William Morrow and Co., 1998). Repeated six times in the four Gospels, the feeding of the multitude attests to the fact that Jesus met people's real needs.
He fed the hungry, said Gomes, not with metaphors but with food, not with resolutions and presidential commissions but with so much bread and fish that there was an abundance left over.
Celebration Publications: Every request for a blessing becomes an opening a mirror for redoubling God’s grace in our lives of ministry and in the lives and events of the faithful.