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

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

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