Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Fr. Ivan Olmo

“Christ came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near.”   I love peace. The kind of peace that is unshakable, unstoppable, eternal. The kind of peace that echoes the greatness of the Lord within the interior of one’s soul and serenades one’s interior with a hymn of sacred freedom, tranquility, ease. The kind of peace that resonates deep within a heart that has been set free, forgiven, refreshed, healed, restored, renewed. The kind of peace within the mind of one that has been enlightened, purified, thoroughly cleansed. I love the kind of peace, true peace, Eucharistic peace that only Christ can bring and only he can give. The kind of peace he extends to everyone in a quite special, intimate and personal way. To those who are sick or suffer constantly. To those who grieve or doubt that peace exists or even possible. To those who still mourn or feel sorrow.  To those who are in chronic pain or afflicted in some or every way. To those who are living in complete darkness or live in a constant state of despair or depression. To those who are discouraged or disillusioned in faith, in family, in work or in life. I love the peace that is in Christ, that only he can give, that only he can extend to us poor sinners – poor children of God, poor children of Mary. I love the peace that is Christ. The peace that is ours.  The peace Jesus happily shares with all of us. I love the peace of Christ. I need his peace constantly, always, everyday, every moment of my life – in every situation throughout the day. I long for his peace. I hope for it always. The peace of Christ helps us to look deeper and with patience at those who hate or have wronged us. It inspires us to act differently towards those who are always negative or who seek to negatively challenge, influence or change us. Christ’s peace is a source of divine strength and divine healing. It helps us to see with caring eyes, like Jesus, the difficult people who oppress us and to be like Jesus in difficult moments.  In the peace of Christ, we have the power to remain silent in ugly situations, the grace to be humble in moments of rejection, the strength to be patient in persecutions, the courage to be loving and prayerful always. May that kind of peace, the peace of Christ reign and remain in our hearts forever.

Reflections from the Heart – December 5, 2021

Reflections from the Heart - December 5, 2021
Second Sunday in Adventby Fr. Ivan Olmo “The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called ...
Read More

Reflections from the Heart – November 28, 2021

Reflections from the Heart - November 28, 2021
First Sunday in Adventby Fr. Ivan Olmo “Be vigilant at all times and pray.” To know the Lord, to love ...
Read More

Reflections from the Heart – November 21, 2021

Reflections from the Heart - November 21, 2021
The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universeby Fr. Ivan Olmo “You say I am a king ...
Read More

Reflections from the Heart – November 14, 2021

Reflections from the Heart - November 14, 2021
Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Timeby Fr. Ivan Olmo “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass ...
Read More

Reflections from the Heart – November 7, 2021

Reflections from the Heart - November 7, 2021
Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Timeby Fr. Ivan Olmo “She, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.” ...
Read More

Reflections from the Heart – October 31, 2021

Reflections from the Heart - October 31, 2021
Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Timeby Fr. Ivan Olmo “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart…” Who ...
Read More

Reflections from the Heart – October 24, 2021

Reflections from the Heart - October 24, 2021
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Timeby Fr. Ivan Olmo “Master, I want to see.”  Lord, I beg you - I really ...
Read More

Reflections from the Heart – October 17, 2021

Reflections from the Heart - October 17, 2021
Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Timeby Fr. Ivan Olmo “What do you wish me to do for you?” Usually, we do ...
Read More

Reflections from the Heart – October 10, 2021

Reflections from the Heart - October 10, 2021
Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Timeby Fr. Ivan Olmo “You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and ...
Read More

Reflections from the Heart – October 3, 2021

Reflections from the Heart - October 3, 2021
Twenty-seventhSunday in Ordinary Timeby Fr. Ivan Olmo "Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?" A wedding is ...
Read More

Reflections from the Heart – September 26, 2021

Reflections from the Heart - September 26, 2021
Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Timeby Fr. Ivan Olmo “Whoever is not against us is for us.” The Cross remains for ...
Read More

Reflections from the Heart – September 19, 2021

Reflections from the Heart - September 19, 2021
Twenty-fifthSunday in Ordinary Timeby Fr. Ivan Olmo “The Son of Man is to be handed over to men and they ...
Read More