Joe Catholic - Today we many dioceses in the United States celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. The Gospel reading for today is taken from the 6th chapter of John, the Bread of Life Discourse. Today's Navarre Bible commentary explains the meaning of Christ's words "eat my flesh" and "drink my blood." This commentary can serve as a good tool for answering questions about our belief in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist.
Of all the lessons which can be drawn from the Gospel reading for today, (Mark 5:21–43) perhaps, the most powerful one is the most direct: “Do not be afraid; just have faith.” The stark simplicity of Our Lord’s statement jolts us. When we are faced with difficulties, fear can be our typical reaction. Only faith can move us beyond that fear. Our Holy Father Dominic by Lawrence OP, via Flickr
Joe Catholic - Today is the Memorial of St. Mary Magdalene, known as the Apostle of the Apostles. The Gospel reading for today is taken from St. John and the Navarre commentators reflect on St. Mary Magdalene as a role model of perseverance.
Ascension Sunday presents a paradox: Jesus leaves His apostles for Heaven, but He assures them He is always with them. What kind of departure was this? Gospel (Read Mt 28:16-20) Today’s Gospel records the end of Jesus’ forty days of post-Resurrection appearances and teaching. The account of what actually happened during those days is quite …