Opening the Word

Opening the Word

Welcome to Opening the Word, a program offering prayer and insights for the Sunday Readings. Featuring a variety of experienced presenters including Dr. Tim Gray, Mary Healy, Scott Powell, Dr. Edward Sri, and Fr. John Riley, Martha Fernandez, and Ben Akers, the videos are designed to facilitate thought and discussion for personal faith formation or in the context of a group meeting. Personal Prayer Journals and a group Leader’s Guides are also available to make the most of these Sunday Readings.

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Opening the Word
  • 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time—October 20, 2019

    Persistence in prayer is a theme Jesus returns to again and again. In today's Gospel reading we hear about a widow keeps coming back to the judge to demand justice. Finally, because of her persistence, the judge gives in to her demand. More than a lesson about nagging, this is a lesson the echoes...

  • 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time—October 13, 2019

    "Have an attitude of gratitude" is one of those catchphrases fit for bumper stickers and children's books. Yet, for Christians, this is more than a catchphrase. It is a basic command of Christian life. Notice in today's Gospel reading the ten lepers who were healed by Jesus. All ten turned to Jes...

  • 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time—October 6, 2019

    The underlying theme to all three readings this week is faith. The prophet Habakkuk cries out to God with a question common to every human heart: Why does God allow evil to persist in the world? As you read these three passages, consider how God doesn't answer the question--and how he does. Ultim...

  • 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time—September 29, 2019

    Here Jesus tells the story of a rich man who feasted every single day while a beggar named Lazarus starved to death outside of the gates of the rich man's house. The poor man ends up in the bosom of Abraham while the rich man ends up in Hades. There is a double lesson here about how we use our ti...

  • 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time—September 22, 2019

    Many people find today's Gospel passage a little confusing. It tells the story of the dishonest steward who shrewdly foregoes his commission on his master's loans in order to gain favor among those who may be of help to him in the future. While Jesus is not commending dishonesty, he is challengin...

  • Opening the Word Year C Journal

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  • Opening the Word Year C Leader Guide

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