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13th Sunday of Year B – 2024

Some texts from the Bible give us messages that are truly surprising.
The words we read, or hear during a celebration, can be really astonishing.
But it seems that somehow… we get use to the messages they give us.

Yet, it sometimes happens that we are jolted out of our routine.
We may be suddenly shaken, and deeply touched, by something that we thought we knew!

This could be the case with one verse of today’s first reading in the book of Wisdom (Wisdom 1:15-16; 2:23-24).

The text says:
“God made man (human beings) in the image of his own nature” (Wisdom 2:23).

The same thought appears in the very first book of the Bible, the Book of Genesis, which tells us:

“God created man (human beings) in the image of himself,
in the image of God he created him (human beings),
male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27).

The text is well known to us but… do we realize what it truly means?
Each one of us, man and woman, is a reflection of God himself.
Something of God’s nature is part of our own human make-up.
Our humanity has been mysteriously fashioned by him to resemble who he is.

Perhaps, at this point, we need to accept this tremendous reality and to say: “I believe!”

“I believe!”
I believe that God has molded me into something similar to his own being.
I believe that God wanted to find something of himself in me,
I believe that he wanted me to resemble him –
resemble him in my being like him, inspired by his Spirit,
resemble him in being like his first Son, Christ –
the one who is the perfect image of himself (Colossians 1:15).
I believe that he knows I cannot be so on my own,
I believe he, himself, will enable me to become so… from day to day
until the day when seeing him face to face I realize… who I am… and who he is!

“I do believe!”


Note: Another text is available on a different theme, in French, at


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Feast of the Holy Family, Year B – 2023-2024

Today’s celebration is familiar to us, Christians.
When the expression ‘Holy Family’ is pronounced, a picture comes immediately to our minds –that of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.

But when the single word ‘family’ is spoken, it evokes pictures of all kinds. Nowadays, this singular word is often used with other words bringing to mind different meanings…
What used to be known as the ‘nuclear’ family has gone through changes…
We hear of ‘broken families’, of ‘blended families’, of ‘single parent families’…

The question arises: ‘What really makes up a family?’
Different people will give you answers that vary.

Perhaps, one definition that could be acceptable to all is this one:
A family is made up of people who are together for one another’.

Another question follows: ‘What really makes up a HOLY FAMILY?’
Before giving an answer, many will pause and wonder…
Wonder and ask themselves if every family can be a HOLY FAMILY…

It is good to remind ourselves that holiness is not something of our own making.
Holiness is not something that we achieve by ourselves.
Holiness is God making us ever more like himself.

We have learnt that, at creation, God made us in his own image and likeness (Genesis 1:27).
But through the years, we may have spoiled his image, damaged our likeness to him.

God never gives up on us, he continues his work bringing us to holiness from day to day.
He is ready to do this in our families, of whatever definition, if we only welcome him ‘home’…

Note: Another text is available on a different theme, in French, at:


Source: Images:  (Alberto Casseta, Tyler Nix)