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S+L BLOG: Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB



Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – June 25, 2017 Jeremiah 20:10-13 Romans 5:12-15 Matthew 10:26-33 The tragic portrait of the Jeremiah in today’s first reading presents us with a story of deception, sorry and terror that have brought this great prophet to the edge of despair. Despite everything that has gone wrong for him, he ...read more
Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus – June 23, 2017 Ezekiel 34:11-16 Romans 5:5b-11 Luke 15:3-7 One of the most popular devotions within the Church is devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  The geographic and historic center of the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is in Paray-le-Monial, a small village in ...read more
Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, Year A – Sunday, June 18, 2017 Our three Scripture readings for today’s solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ describe three wonderful ways to talk about the gift of the Eucharist. Allow me to offer some reflections on each of readings and conclude with how ...read more
There is a story within the story of Laudato Sì – Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical letter “On the Care of our Common Home.” The letter is an overview of the environmental crisis from a religious point of view. Until now, the dialogue about the environment has been framed mainly using political, scientific and economic language. ...read more
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Year A – Sunday, June 11th, 2017 The Holy Trinity is a mystery that Scripture does not prove. This Sunday following Pentecost, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Blessed Trinity. The Triune nature of God is the principal mystery of the Catholic faith. Today we contemplate the first and ...read more
Feast of the Visitation – Wednesday, May 31, 2017 Today’s feast of the Visitation of Mary and Elizabeth invites us into a deeply personal moment of the Scriptures (Luke 1:39-56). The Precursor and the Lord are both hidden from each other. Yet even before the two women embrace, John leaped for joy in his mother’s ...read more
Solemnity of Pentecost – Sunday, June 4th, 2017 Pentecost is the fiftieth day after Easter that signals the start of the universal mission of the Church – a mission that overcomes human obstacles and has the Spirit as its driving force. The mighty breath of God and the fire of the Spirit’s presence engulf the ...read more
Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, Year A – Sunday, May 28th, 2017 Matthew’s Gospel for the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord (28:16-20) presents us the majestic, final scene in Galilee that brings the evangelist’s account to a fitting conclusion. In perfect harmony with his presentation of Jesus, Matthew has chosen to ...read more
Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year A – May 21st, 2017 The first six Chapters of Acts tell the story of the foundation and building up of the Church in Jerusalem. In today’s first reading (Acts 8:5-8, 14-17) and again in Acts 10:44-48 and Acts 19:1-6, Luke distinguishes between baptism in the name of the Lord ...read more
In this Biblical Reflection filmed at the site of the Primacy of Peter on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee, Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, speaks about the “breakfast symphony” in two movements in John 21. The first movement describes the appearance of the Risen Jesus to his disciples “by the Sea of Tiberias.” ...read more