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

Rejoice! | Breaking Open the Word at Home

  This Sunday is Gaudete Sunday; a day to rejoice!  In fact, Gaudete means rejoice. We’re halfway to Christmas, and that’s nothing to sneeze at! Our scripture readings today reflect that joy and recall the “jubilee” spirit that Jesus brought … Read More

Jesus: Master of the Universe | Breaking Open the Word at Home

  Ever since the Solemnity of Christ the King became Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe; I can’t help but thing of He-Man, Master of the Universe whenever I hear it. But, Jesus is more powerful than any … Read More

The End of the World As We Know It | Breaking Open the Word at Home

  It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine! Well, it’s probably not quite the end, but this weekend’s readings remind us that Jesus will be coming back and we should never be afraid.   … Read More

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