Msgr. Esseff asks “Why do you worry? Are you a servant of God or mammon?” Gospel MT 6:24-34 Jesus said to his disciples: “No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. “Therefore I tell
Msgr. Esseff reflects on the teaching of the Sacred Scriptures on “the end times”: Gospel Lk 21:5-19 While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings, Jesus said, “All that you see here– the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another
Msgr. Esseff reflects on gratitude, particularly in difficult times. Gospel LK 17:11-19 As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee. As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him. They stood at a distance from him and raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!” And when he saw
Having just returned from Rome, Msgr. Esseff reflects on his experience of the canonization of St. Teresa of Calcutta. He shares “The Touch of Love” which was a standout experience of the day, as well as the abiding presence of the saint, the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Join Msgr. John Esseff as he reflects on his experiences with Mother Teresa on the eve of her canonization! Several of the stories he has not shared on any of his previous programs.
Rather than be “admirers” of Mother Teresa, Msgr. Esseff asks all of us to pray to become “imitators” of this little one of God’s children who has now become one of His great saints!
Msgr. Esseff reflects on the readings for the day and in particular the question asked by Jesus, “Who do you say that I am?” Do we witness to this Truth? What are the blocks in our hearts to authentically proclaiming Jesus to the world around us? Gospel LK 9:18-24 Once when Jesus was praying in
Reading 2 REV 1:9-11A, 12-13, 17-19 I, John, your brother, who share with you the distress, the kingdom, and the endurance we have in Jesus, found myself on the island called Patmos because I proclaimed God’s word and gave testimony to Jesus. I was caught up in spirit on the Lord’s day and heard behind
Reading 2 HEB 5:1-6 Brothers and sisters: Every high priest is taken from among men and made their representative before God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal patiently with the ignorant and erring, for he himself is beset by weakness and so, for this reason, must make sin offerings for
Gospel MK 10:35-45 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” He replied, “What do you wish me to do for you?” They answered him, “Grant that in your glory we may sit one at your
Gospel MK 10:17-30 As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus answered him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: You shall not
Gospel Mk 8:27-35 Jesus and his disciples set out for the villages of Caesarea Philippi. Along the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” They said in reply, “John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others one of the prophets.” And he asked them, “But who do you say that I
BKL#4 – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff – The Power of Baptism: a story of Bl. Mother Teresa, a princess, and a baby named Cecilia
Msgr. Esseff reflects on the power of Christ given to us in our baptism. He tells two poignant stories about Bl. Mother Teresa, a princess and a baby named Cecilia. Do we appreciate the gift? Msgr. Esseff also addresses the fears and concerns grandparents have when their children fail to have their own children baptized.
Msgr. Esseff reflects on the dangers of doing “good work” without having the depth of the contemplative prayer that unites us to Christ in doing the will of the Father. He offers insight primarily from the teachings found in the letter from St. James Chap 1: Humbly welcome the word that has been planted
Show 50 ” Building a Kingdom of Love” – On Prayer Msgr. Esseff reflects on the teaching of the Sacred Scriptures and on how we pray: Gospel LK 18:1-8 Jesus told his disciples a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. He said, “There was a judge in
Reading 2 Eph 2:13-18 Brothers and sisters: In Christ Jesus you who once were far off have become near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, he who made both one and broke down the dividing wall of enmity, through his flesh, abolishing the law with its commandments and legal claims, that
Msgr. Esseff reflects on the Christian identity. Before the world was made He chose us. Who are we? What does that mean for our lives and the life of the world? Reading 2 Eph 1:3-14 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual
Msgr. Esseff reflects on Matthew Chap 6:24-34 and asks the question “Why do you worry?” He shares several compelling stories, including a poignant encounter with a woman, who surrounded by her husband, children, mother, and sister, prepares for death. Gospel Mt 6:24-34 Jesus said to his disciples: “No one can serve two masters. He will
Msgr. Esseff reflects on the teaching of Jesus found in John Chapter 6 for the great feast of Corpus Christi. He discusses the true presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. The tragedy becomes when we look upon the Blessed Sacrament has a “something” instead of a “Someone”. From the NAB John Chapter 6 The Bread
Reading 2 Rom 8:14-17 Brothers and sisters: For those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a Spirit of adoption, through whom we cry, “Abba, Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our
Reading 2 1 Jn 4:11-16 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another. No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us. This is how we know that we remain in him and he in
Reading 2 1 JN 4:7-10 Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into
Gospel JN 14:7-14 Jesus said to his disciples: “If you know me, then you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said to Jesus, “Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you
Msgr. Esseff reflects on the Resurrection and how we look at death. The NAB John Chap 20: 4Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.25So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails
Msgr. Esseff reflects on the Ten Commandments, The desecration of the Temple, and the resurrection of Jesus. How are these things connected and related to our lives today? Gospel Jn 2:13-25 Since the Passover of the Jews was near, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep,
Gospel MT 17:1-9 Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, conversing with him. Then Peter said to Jesus in
Gospel MK 1:12-15 The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among wild beasts, and the angels ministered to him. After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: “This is the time of fulfillment. The
[powerpress} Msgr. Esseff begins by reading a passage from the book “The Gift of Nothing” by Patrick McDonnell. He discusses how we all think what we will need “something”, but Msgr. helps us to see what God desires for us to see “the gift of nothing”. What we desire deep down is intimacy. Msgr. Esseff
Now is not a time of gloom and despair…it is a time of anticipation and glory! Msgr. Esseff shares his experience at a prayer service that took place at 12 Step retreat. He speaks of a woman named Helen who witnessed to a healing miracle that occurred 17 years earlier at Lourdes, but it turn of the
Msgr. Esseff asks the question, “Are you prepared for the Lord’s coming?” He challenges us to take a good look at our prayer lives and to prepare for the coming of Jesus in your life today. Gospel MK 13:33-37 Jesus said to his disciples: “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time
“Are you the lazy servant?” Msgr. Esseff helps us to see that the talents equals God’s love. Knowing this, have you been the lazy servant?
Reading 1 Wis 3:1-9 The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them. They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead; and their passing away was thought an affliction and their going forth from us, utter destruction. But they are in peace. For if
BKL 78 ” Building a Kingdom of Love” – “How can we possibly love as God expects? Only “through Him, with Him, in Him!” Gospel MT 22:34-40 When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a scholar of the law tested him by asking, “Teacher, which commandment
BKL 77 ” Building a Kingdom of Love” – “What is the garment you wear?” Gospel MT 22:1-14 Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and elders of the people in parables, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. He dispatched
BKL 76 ” Building a Kingdom of Love” – The Need for Spiritual Direction Msgr. Esseff reflects on why we need spiritual direction on the spiritual journey. Gospel MT 21:28-32 Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people: “What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He came to the first and
BKL 74 ” Building a Kingdom of Love” – “The Cross is the Sign of Love” Reading 2PHIL 2:6-11 Brothers and sisters: Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human
BKL 72 ” Building a Kingdom of Love” – “Who do you say that I am?” Gospel MT 16:13-20 Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi and he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one
BKL 71 ” Building a Kingdom of Love” – “They all ate and were satisfied” Gospel MT 14:13-21 When Jesus heard of the death of John the Baptist, he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. The crowds heard of this and followed him on foot from their towns. When he disembarked and saw
BKL 69 ” Building a Kingdom of Love” – “He shall proclaim peace to the nations!” Peace begins inside the hearts of each baptized Christian…do you know who you are? Reading 1 ZEC 9:9-10 Thus says the LORD: Rejoice heartily, O daughter Zion, shout for joy, O daughter Jerusalem! See, your king shall come to you; a
Gospel JN 20:19-23 On the evening of that first day of the week,when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,for fear of the Jews,Jesus came and stood in their midstand said to them, “Peace be with you.”When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.The disciples rejoiced when they saw the
Reading 2 1 PT 4:13-16 Beloved: Rejoice to the extent that you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that when his glory is revealed you may also rejoice exultantly. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. But let
Gospel LK 24:13-35 That very day, the first day of the week, two of Jesus’ disciples were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus, and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred. And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them,
Gospel JN 20:19-31 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The
Gospel JN 20:1-9 On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken
Show 61 ” Building a Kingdom of Love” – Are you blind although you can see? Gospel JN 9:1-41 As Jesus passed by he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither he nor his parents sinned; it
*Note: This is a special reflection given by Msgr. Esseff on the morning of his departure for his mission to Peru. Gospel MT 6:24-34 Jesus said to his disciples: “No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve
Gospel MT 5:38-48 Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one as well. If anyone wants
Gospel lk 2:22-40 When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, Mary and Joseph took Jesus up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, just as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord, and
Reading 1 is 42:1-4, 6-7 Thus says the LORD: Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am pleased, upon whom I have put my spirit; he shall bring forth justice to the nations, not crying out, not shouting, not making his voice heard in the street. a bruised reed
Show 54 ” Building a Kingdom of Love” – The Reign of Christ the King Msgr. Esseff reflects on the teaching of the Sacred Scriptures on the feast of Christ the King…the victory of Jesus and the defeat of Satan: Gospel Lk 23:35-43 The rulers sneered at Jesus and said, “He saved others, let him
Show 51 ” Building a Kingdom of Love” – BEWARE: The Danger of Self-Righteous Prayer Msgr. Esseff reflects on the teaching of the Sacred Scriptures and on how we pray: Gospel LK 18:9-14 Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. “Two people went up
BKL#49 – To Have a Spirit of Gratitude and Faithfulness like Mary – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff
Show 49 ” Building a Kingdom of Love” – To Have a Spirit of Gratitude and Faithfulness like Mary Msgr. Esseff reflects on the teaching of the Sacred Scriptures and on the Immaculate Heart of Mary: Reading 12 KGS 5:14-17 Naaman went down and plunged into the Jordan seven times at the word of
Show 48 ” Building a Kingdom of Love” – “God is All!!!” Msgr. Esseff reflects on the teaching of Jesus: Gospel LK 17:5-10 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” The Lord replied, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this
Gospel LK 16:19-31 Jesus said to the Pharisees: “There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day. And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps that fell
Show 46 ” Building a Kingdom of Love” – “You cannot serve both God and mammon.” Msgr. Esseff reflects on the teaching of Jesus: Gospel LK 16:1-13 Jesus said to his disciples, “A rich man had a steward who was reported to him for squandering his property. He summoned him and said, ‘What is
Show 43 ” Building a Kingdom of Love” – Are You A Faithful Servant? Msgr. Esseff reflects on the teaching of Jesus: Gospel LK 12:35-40 Jesus said to his disciples: “Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he
Show 42 ” Building a Kingdom of Love” – The Blinding Danger of Greed Msgr. Esseff reflects on the danger of greed: Gospel LK 12:13-21 Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.” He replied to him,
Msgr. Esseff reflects on the need to be aware of Christ’s “presence”. Reading 1GN 18:1-10A The LORD appeared to Abraham by the terebinth of Mamre, as he sat in the entrance of his tent, while the day was growing hot. Looking up, Abraham saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he ran from
Msgr. Esseff explores the dangerous territory of ANGER. How do you deal with your anger? The pain that anger can inflict is incredible. It can be used as a weapon to hurt others. We, too, can be hurt by our anger. When you experience do you turn immediately to the Father, to Jesus, to Mary?
Msgr. Esseff reflects on the readings for the day and in particular the teachings of the St. Paul, “I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me”. Are we aware of the power we have, through grace, to live in, with, and through the life of Christ? GAL 2:16, 19-21 Brothers and sisters: We
Msgr. Esseff reflects on the readings for the great feast of Pentecost He discusses the birth of our true identity, and in particular, what it means to be Christ in the world today. From the NAB ROM 8:8-17 Brothers and sisters: Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in
Msgr. Esseff reflects on the readings for the 5th Sunday of Lent. He discusses the mercy of God and our need to seek out forgiveness for our sins and the healing of our brokenness What is key is that we must trust in the love of the Father and unite ourselves with the heart of Jesus
Msgr. Esseff reflects on the readings for the 4th Sunday of Lent. He discusses the Sacrament of Reconciliation and how it’s key in the area of true inner healing. The healing from the damage done by our sinful choices is more important than even physical healing. He implores us all to see the value of
Msgr. Esseff reflects on the readings for the 3rd Sunday of Lent. It calls for 100% surrender to love. Repentance is key… repentance 100% GospelLK 13:1-9 Some people told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices. Jesus said to them in reply, “Do you think that because these Galileans
Msgr. Esseff reflects on the meaning of the “Baptism” and how it transforms us all. Gospel LK 3:15-16, 21-22 The people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ. John answered them all, saying, “I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming.
Msgr. Esseff reflects on the meaning of the “Epiphany” and how we can manifest the light of Christ to the world. Reading 1 Is 60:1-6 Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you. See, darkness covers the earth, and thick clouds cover the peoples; but upon you the
Msgr. Esseff reflects on the importance of the family in our lives. He shares two very personal stories to offer insight on the role of fathers in the heart of each family. Reading 2 Col 3:12-21 Brothers and sisters: Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing
BKL#24 – The joy that flows from Mary’s simplicity – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff
Evil is crushed by the lowly! The joy that flows from Mary’s simplicity…the humility of Bethlehem. Msgr. Esseff talks about the Blessed Virgin Mary and how a little girl named Marilee helped him come to a greater understanding of Our Lady. Our salvation came about because of obedience and humility; our Mother, Mary, was the exemplar of that submission.
Msgr. Esseff shares a recent encounter with a couple he met while traveling home after time with family. Tom and Mary shared their important encounters with God over the course of their 36 years of marriage. Each story speaks of our times and how relevant it is for our lives to allow Christ to be
BKL#21 – Will you be ready when the Son of Man comes? – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff
Msgr. Esseff reflects on our readiness for the return of the Son of Man. What will that be like for us? Maybe it will be different than what you may think. How do you love? That will be a key in our understanding. From the NAB Mk 9:30-37 Jesus said to his disciples: “In those
Msgr. Esseff remembers his encounters with St. Padre Pio. He also reflects on the Gospel for this particular Sunday, which places its focus on the suffering, death and rising of Jesus. That this world is not our “forever” destiny. We were created for Eternal Life. Now will it forever in Heaven or will
. Msgr. Esseff reflects on the meaning of Our Lady of Sorrows. How do we connect that with the suffering of Christ? All the suffering we endure is united with Jesus, and the Blessed Mother guides our way. She is our mother and the power of her love is incredible. Ask her to come to
Msgr. Esseff reflects what it means to truly encounter Jesus. Do we recognize Him in the poor, the prisoner, the disabled, the stranger? Or do we pass Him by because we truly do not know Him? He offers insight primarily from the teachings found in the letter from St. James Chap 2: My brothers
BKL#13 – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff – Those who suffer addictions and the Bread of Life
Show 13 ” Building a Kingdom of Love” – How does the Bread of Life help those who suffer addictions? Addictions take on many forms…drinking, eating, gambling, work, shopping, even self-absorption. Part of the recovery is to realize they are bigger than we are and the only healing that can truly come is from the Divine
BKL#12 – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff – Why do those who trust God sometimes suffer?
Show 12 ” Building a Kingdom of Love” – Why do those who trust in God sometimes suffer? Msgr. Esseff then addresses the issue of trust in the Lord as an expression in our faith…even when it’s hard Msgr. Esseff reflects on Hab 1:12-2:4 Are you not from eternity, O LORD, my holy God, immortal? O LORD,
Show 11 ” Building a Kingdom of Love” – What it means to “put on Christ” Msgr. Esseff reflects on St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians Chapter 4 v. 20 -24: 22 Put off your old nature which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in
BKL#6 – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff – Pentecost, Renewal, and the Nature of True Repentance
Show 6 ” Building a Kingdom of Love” – Pentecost, Renewal, and the Nature of True Repentance Msgr. Esseff reflects on the first Pentecost and its meaning for us today. The continuing call to conversion in our lives and the nature of true repentance are topics he explores in this discussion.
BKL#5 – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff – The Daughters of Mary, Mother of Healing Love – An example of how we can minister the Divine Love
Msgr. Esseff discusses his retreat with The Daughters of Mary, Mother of Healing Love community which meets the needs of the children brought to the St. Charles Children’s Home located in New Hampshire. He speaks of their work and the need to step out in courage to share the Divine Love which is needed to
Msgr. Esseff reflects on the readings from the 4th Sunday of Easter, and in particular, Our Lord’s teachings on role of the Good Shepherd. Also at the end of this episode, Msgr. Esseff offers a prayer with St. Padre Pio for healing.
Show 1 ” Building a Kingdom of Love” – “Easter and the Paschal Mystery: What have we been initiated into“ Msgr. Esseff reflects on the readings of the 3rd Sunday of Easter. By virtue of our baptism, confirmation and reception of the Eucharist, who are we? We learn what Peter and the community are capable of becoming because
Here is an interview with Msgr. Esseff on “Inside the Pages”: Msgr. John Esseff is one of the most extraordinary men I have ever spoken with. He is the author of “Building A Kingdom of Love: Your Role in the Triumph of the Sacred Heart”. Msgr. Esseff is widely known as a spiritual master who