• The Holy Family (Year A)
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    Opening the Word - Year A

    The Holy Family (Year A)

    Opening the Word - Year A

    The first two readings today focus on the relationships with our family. We are told that honoring and respecting our father is of the highest importance and, if we are faithful to this call, we will be blessed by God. When we read the Gospel, the theme changes from focusing on our earthly family...

  • The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Year C)
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    Opening the Word - Year C

    The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Year C)

    Opening the Word - Year C

    The miracle of multiplying five loaves of bread and two pieces of fish to feed five thousand men (and as many as fifteen to twenty thousand people) is one of the most famous in the Gospels. Apart from providing for the physical needs of those present, Jesus also foreshadows the Holy Eucharist. He...

  • The Epiphany of the Lord (Year C)
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    Opening the Word - Year C

    The Epiphany of the Lord (Year C)

    Opening the Word - Year C

    On this day we encounter the Magi coming from the East to worship the baby Jesus. What were the Magi? And why did they travel so far to find the Child King? What did these "foreigners" see that eluded the leaders and people of Israel?

  • The Holy Family (Year C)
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    Opening the Word - Year C

    The Holy Family (Year C)

    Opening the Word - Year C

    It's tempting to think that the Blessed Virgin was somehow different from the rest of us—that she knew exactly what would happen in her life and never had to work through difficult periods. Yet, she did. And in her, we see how certain trials in our lives fit perfectly within the bigger picture of...

  • The Transfiguration of the Lord (Year B)
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    Opening the Word - Year B

    The Transfiguration of the Lord (Year B)

    Opening the Word - Year B

    In the Gospel today, Jesus chides the Israelites for seeking only earthly fulfillment. He calls them, and likewise us, to open our hearts to our deeper desire for God. Ultimately, God wants to fill our deepest longings for his infinite love.

  • The Epiphany of the Lord (Year B)
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    Opening the Word - Year B

    The Epiphany of the Lord (Year B)

    Opening the Word - Year B

    The magi in today's Gospel had the wisdom and openness to see the light of the star and follow it. They were on watch, just as we were during Advent, and had a heart willing to follow the light that they saw. They set aside the tasks of daily life in order to worship the Messiah. Are we willing t...

  • The Holy Family (Year B)
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    Opening the Word - Year B

    The Holy Family (Year B)

    Opening the Word - Year B

    The first two readings today focus on the relationships with our family. We are told that honoring and respecting our father is of the highest importance and, if we are faithful to this call, we will be blessed by God. When we read the Gospel, the theme changes from focusing on our earthly family...

  • The Transfiguration of the Lord (Year A)
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    Opening the Word - Year A

    The Transfiguration of the Lord (Year A)

    Opening the Word - Year A

    Together all of these Scripture passages point toward the divinity of Jesus Christ, one of the most important points of our faith as Christians. This key doctrine is also a great mystery: How can Jesus be fully man? What does that mean? How well do we understand this claim? Can we explain it and ...

  • The Most Holy Trinity Sunday (Year A)
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    Opening the Word - Year A

    The Most Holy Trinity Sunday (Year A)

    Opening the Word - Year A

    This week's readings highlight two of the key actions of God: first his love, and second, his giving. Through this we learn that love is an action, not a feeling, and that love is expressed in giving.

  • The Ascension of the Lord (Year A)
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    Opening the Word - Year A

    The Ascension of the Lord (Year A)

    Opening the Word - Year A

    Jesus returned to the right hand of the Father, not to leave us but to lead us all the way to heaven. The great paradox is because he has ascended, and he is able to remain with us in a profound new way.

  • The Epiphany of the Lord (Year A)
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    Opening the Word - Year A

    The Epiphany of the Lord (Year A)

    Opening the Word - Year A

    The story of the magi, the three wise men, who traveled from the East to pay homage to Jesus as the King of the Jews, is part of our Christmas tradition. The magi, after a detour to see King Herod, brought their most valuable possessions to lay at the feet of the newborn King.

  • The Baptism of the Lord (Year B)
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    Ordinary Time — Liturgical ...

    The Baptism of the Lord (Year B)

    Ordinary Time — Liturgical Year B

  • Opening the Word

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    Welcome to Opening the Word, videos and guides offering prayer and insights for the Sunday Readings. Each reflection is lead by one of our experienced presenters including Dr. Tim Gray, Dr. Mary Healy, Dr. Scott Powell, Dr. Edward Sri, Fr. John Riley, Dr. Ben Akers, and Martha Fernandez. Opening...

  • The Handmaid of the Lord by Adrienne von Speyr
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    The Handmaid of the Lord by...

    The Handmaid of the Lord by Adrienne von Speyr

    The Handmaid of the Lord by Adrienne von Speyr

    In this profound book on the mystery of Mary, Adrienne von Speyr reflects on the life, attitude, and prayer of the Mother of God. She shows how Mary's assent to God's will—her Fiat: "Let it be done to me according to thy word"—is what defines and sanctifies every aspect of her life. She gives new...

  • The Handmaid of the Lord by Adrienne von Speyr

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    In this profound book on the mystery of Mary, Adrienne von Speyr reflects on the life, attitude, and prayer of the Mother of God. She shows how Mary's assent to God's will—her Fiat: "Let it be done to me according to thy word"—is what defines and sanctifies every aspect of her life. She gives new...

  • The Collect
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    The Elements of the Catholi...

    The Collect

    The Elements of the Catholic Mass - Opening Up the Treasures of the Mass

    "Collect" is the official term for what is generally known as the Opening Prayer of the Mass. This term is significant because it suggests how we ought to approach the opening oration. The prayer is preceded by the invitation of the priest: "Let us pray." Note that these words do not mean "Bring ...

  • FORMED Daily: The context behind “Behold the Lamb of God”
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    FORMED Daily: The context behind “Behold the Lamb of God”

    FORMED Daily Reflections - January 2020

    “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.”
    Scriptural context adds a lot of richness to this passage! Ted Sri explores the scriptural and personal meaning of this passage.

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  • FORMED Daily: Opening the Word
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    FORMED Daily: Opening the Word

    FORMED Daily Reflections - January 2020

    Today’s Feast is the Baptism of Christ. Why does Christ ask to be baptized? It’s similar to when Christ washes the Apostle’s feel. What is Christ telling us in these instances? Mary Healy discusses these questions in today’s Opening the Word.

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  • FORMED Daily: Opening the Word for Feast of the Holy Family
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    FORMED Daily: Opening the Word for Feast of the Holy Family

    FORMED Daily Reflections - 2019

    The first two readings today focus on the relationships with our family. We are told that honoring and respecting our father is of the highest importance and, if we are faithful to this call, we will be blessed by God.

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  • Presentation of the Lord (Year A)
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    Opening the Word - Year A

    Presentation of the Lord (Year A)

    Opening the Word - Year A