Let Your ‘Yes’ Mean ‘Yes’ | Breaking Open the Word at Home

  The Commandments that God gave to humanity were meant for one purpose–to help us have life and have it more abundantly. When we choose to live God’s law, we are choosing a path that is life-giving both here and … Read More

Salt and Light | Breaking Open the Word at Home

   Last week we were offered something of an attitude assessment, or even an attitude adjustment. God has given us everything; as we the readings told us last week, we are truly blessed. God tells us, very clearly, that if we want … Read More

Counting Our Blessings | Breaking Open the Word at Home

  Our culture, and the cultures throughout all of history, place an enormous value on success, productivity, honor and glory. The “American Dream” tells us that anybody, regardless of their circumstances can make something great of themselves with enough hard … Read More

Behold The Lamb of God | Breaking Open the Word at Home

  Did you know that you are an apostle? We are an “apostolic faith.” That means that each person who has had the opportunity to know Jesus has the job of sharing Jesus with others. Today’s readings show how God … Read More

Epiphany: We Are Members of the Same Body | Breaking Open the Word at Home

  We are all familiar with the story of the Three Magi (Wise Men, or if you’re from New Jersey, Wise Guys) and the gifts that they brought to Jesus. Our first and second reading also speak of gifts; the … Read More

Mother of God | Breaking Open the Word at Home

  Today is an extra special day—it’s the octave of Christmas (one week later), New Year’s Day, the 50th World Day of Peace, and the day we celebrate that the Blessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of God. The last … Read More

He Made His Dwelling Among Us | Breaking Open the Word at Home

  The Christmas story is one familiar to us all; whether it’s the story of the shepherds being summoned to the manger, the genealogy of Jesus (the endless list of begats), or John’s “in the beginning was the Word…”, each … Read More

Testing God and Wearying People | Breaking Open the Word at Home

  I could have called this reflection “Called to be Holy” because that’s certainly a theme within the readings, but when we choose not to respond to our call to be holy, we wind up tempting God and wearying people. … Read More

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