The symbolic meaning of fire and water

Be ready for Mass this Pentecost Sunday! Opening the Word columnist Catherine Cavadini reflects on the two scriptural symbols of the Holy Spirit: Fire and water. In Acts, the apostles recall the “tongues of fire” that rested on the heads of Mary

Love as a treasured possession

Be ready for Mass this Sixth Sunday of Easter. Catherine Cavadini reflects upon the law of love that Christ lays out in the Gospel: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” “If we love Christ and enter into the intimate

Peter’s understanding of the Resurrection

For the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Opening the Word columnist Catherine Cavadini reflects on the readings that focus on the disciple Peter and his understanding of the Resurrection: “Peter tells us that Christ loves us, even we when we are yet sinners.

On Palm Sunday, explore the friendship of Christ

Be ready for Mass on Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion. In this week’s Opening the Word Scripture reflection, Catherine Cavadini reflects on the word “friend” in the Passion. Jesus says to Judas, “Friend, do what you have come for.” Having weathered

Opening the Word: Following God wholeheartedly

Be ready for Mass on the Second Sunday of Lent. In this week’s Opening the Word Scripture reflection, Catherine Cavadini discusses Abraham’s journey to come to know God and how God revealed himself to Abraham. In this week’s Gospel, Matthew’s account of

Opening the Word: What is your light?

Be ready for Mass on the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time! In this week’s Opening the Word Scripture reflection, Catherine Cavadini asks, “What is your light?” as she writes about Isaiah 58 from this week’s first reading: “Your light is God’s love,