Blinded – Rudolf Horst, SVD

John 9:1-41, Fourth Sunday of Lent For the Fourth Sunday of Lent, we recall Jesus’ healing of a blind man that brought many more things to light than just one man’s eyesight. It teaches us how blind we can be to what’s going on. The Lord wants to cure us of the worst blindness: a…

Evangelize – Rudolf Horst, SVD

John 4:5-42, Third Sunday of Lent We are so used to hearing this beautiful story that we don’t realize how shocking it actually is. So, let us use our imaginations to picture this scene. Jesus was tired after his journey. He sat down by the well, thirsty, hungry, worn out. The Well, Jacob’s Well, still…

Up the Mountain- Rudolf Horst, SVD

Since my childhood I liked mountain climbing. No, actually I didn’t like the climbing because it can be hard, tiring, and exhausting. I liked the moment when after the tiring climbing I reach the top and can enjoy the breathtaking view. One of the great experiences I had was when I climbed with a pilgrim…

Seek his Kingdom first – Rudolf Horst, SVD

Matthew 6:24-34, Eight Sunday in Ordinary Time Today’s readings are so rich that we could reflect on nearly every sentence. Especially the gospel offers so many thoughts to spend a long time with them. What the three readings have in common is that they remind us that God has not only created us, but that…

Thermometer or Thermostat – Rudolf Horst, SVD

Matthew 5:17-37, Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time A very long Gospel with many lessons! Each of the lessons taught in today’s Gospel passage could be expanded into an entire book. The core of them all, however, is in the heart. Certainly, our exterior behavior must follow God’s will. This is what Jesus means when he…

Poor in Spirit – Rudolf Horst, SVD

Matthew 5:1-12a, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time The Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes challenge us all. When Jesus calls blessed the poor in spirit and those hungry for righteousness, he is also condemning the self-satisfaction that leads to sloth, a deadly disease that’s risen to epidemic proportions in the world. Jesus’ “Sermon on…

Beyond the Child Jesus – Rudolf Horst, SJ

Matthew 18:1-5, Feast of the Sto Niño Even though the Christmas season ended last Sunday, we celebrate one more feast that is closely connected with Christmas: the feast of the Infant Jesus. We look at this child with tenderness. But the liturgy reminds us that this child is not just a baby. He is Jesus,…

What’s in a Word? – Rudolf Horst, SVD

Matthew 2:1-12, Solemnity of the Epiphany Please, don’t expect that I will discuss here who the wise men were, where they came from, what their names were – all that is not in the text of the gospel. Rather, I would like to reflect for a moment about the main word of today’s Solemnity: Epiphany….

Christ Born in Us – Rudolf Horst, SVD

Matthew 1:18-24, Fourth Sunday of Advent   The Old Testament is full of prophecies. But what exactly do they all mean? Reading the Old Testament carefully, we discover that not all prophecies were fulfilled, that many prophecies were dreams of the prophet. But one fact is certain: The Old Testament tells the history of salvation…

Wake-Up Call – Rudolf Horst, SVD

Matthew 3:1-12, Second Sunday of Advent Oh my God – what a Gospel! Like a lion roaring in the wilderness, so John the Baptist castigates those who came to him, especially the religious leaders. Are we not looking forward to Christmas, sing Christmas songs, put up a Belen with a cute Baby Jesus? And then…

Another Advent – Rudolf Horst, SVD

Matthew 24:37-44, First Sunday of Advent We have entered another Advent Season. Why? Why does the Church lead us along the same path every year, repeating the same seasons, even the same readings? Is it for lack of creativity and imagination? No, the Church is always young, and never runs out of creativity. In every…

Solemnity of Christ the King – Rudolf Horst, SVD

Luke 23:35-43, Solemnity of Christ the King Kings have become rare in today’s world. Usually they are only figureheads while a Prime Minister is in charge of the politics of the Kingdom. But even Prime Ministers and Presidents come and go. We have just this year elected a new President, and who still speaks of…