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To confess Christ as King is more than a declaration of loyalty

Duccio di Buoninsegna portrays Christ before Pilate in a painting completed in 1311

Solemnity of Christ the King: Daniel 7:13-14; Revelation 1:5-8; John 18:33-37

The manner in which we live will determine the nature of our final encounter with God

Thirty-third Sunday of the Year: Dn 12:1-3; Ps 16; Heb 10:11-14, 18; Mk 13:24-32

As the living members of Christ’s body we are called to a generosity of spirit that is beyond our imagining

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time: 1 Kgs 17:10-16; Ps 146; Heb 9:24-28; Mk 12:38-44 or 12:41-44

Faith, however frail, enables the Father to create our hearts anew

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time: Deuteronomy 6:2-6; Hebrews 7: 23-28; Mark 12: 28-34

Jeremiah’s expression of hope in adversity is a wonderful summons to the Year of Faith

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Jer 31:7-9; Ps 126; Heb 5:1-6; Mk 10:46-52

We speak so easily of humble service yet continue to trip over our pride

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Is 53:10-11; Ps 33; Heb 4:14-16; Mk 10:35-45 or 10:42-45

Faith is the surrender of all that we are to Christ

Christ and the Rich Young Ruler by Heinrich Hofmann (1824-1911). ‘We instinctively sense the young man’s distress’

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Wis 7:7-11; Ps 90; Heb 4:12-13; Mk 10:17-30 or 10:17-27

The Book of Genesis proclaims the equality of the sexes

A painting of Adam and Eve by Peter Wenzel in the Pinacoteca at the Vatican Museums (CNS)

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time: Gn 2:18-24; Ps 128; Heb 2:9-11; Mk 10:2-16

What truly matters is the love that is found in even the smallest of gestures

Twenty-sixth Sunday of the Year: Nb 11:25-29; Ps 19; Jm 5:1-6; Mk 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

A life of virtue cannot be simply ignored. It must be either embraced or violently rejected

Twenty-fifth Sunday of the Year: Wis 2:12, 17-20; Ps 54; Jas 3:16-4:1-3; Mk 9:30-37