A Gospel Reflection for January 29, 2012, 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

There was a man in the synagogue with an unclean spirit.  He cried out, “What do you want from us, Jesus of Nazareth?  Have you come to destroy us?  I know who you are―the Holy One of God! Jesus rebuked him saying, “Be silent.  Go out of the man.” At that the unclean spirit convulsedContinue reading “A Gospel Reflection for January 29, 2012, 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for January 22, 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

As Jesus was walking along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew, casting a fish net in the sea.  They fished for a living. Jesus called to them, “Come after me.  I will make you fishers of people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Jesus. Mark 1.16-18 Gospel writer MarkContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for January 22, 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time”


Facebook, Google and a multitude of Global Positioning Systems make it almost impossible for people to be anonymous today.  Websites and articles at our fingertips can prove or disprove almost every mystery we encounter. We share information with people we don’t even know. Maybe that is why the story of the Magi is so enthralling. Continue reading “Epiphany”

Gospel Reflection for January 15, 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Two disciples were following Jesus so he questioned them, “What do you seek?” They asked him, “Teacher, where do you stay?” Jesus responded, “Come and see.”  They went and saw where he stayed and remained with him that day.  It was about four in the afternoon. John 1:38-39 Andrew and an unnamed disciple go andContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for January 15, 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time”

A Gospel Reflection for January 8, Epiphany

The magi were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house, found the child with Mary, his mother.  They prostrated themselves and did him homage.  Then they opened their coffers and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Matthew 2.10-11 Matthew’s learned Gentiles, the magi, discover through their study of theContinue reading “A Gospel Reflection for January 8, Epiphany”

Gospel Reflection for January 1, Mary Mother of God

Mary pondered all these words in her heart.  Luke 2.19 For insight into Mary, the Mother of God on her feast day, Sunday’s gospel offers only the fact she has given birth and the single sentence above.  That sentence turns on the single word pondered.  This word suggests her character in the narrative.  Mary pondersContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for January 1, Mary Mother of God”

Gospel Reflection for December 25, Christmas Day

The angel said, “You have nothing to fear!  I bring you good news, a great joy to be shared by the whole people for this day in David’s city a savior has been born to you, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2.10-11 Luke’s gospel and the Christmas Liturgy of the Word fill the storyContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 25, Christmas Day”

Sermon 4th Sunday of Advent CSJ Vespers

A girl named Mary pledges her heart and hearth to a pregnancy and a child in Sunday’s gospel.  So attentive to the stirring of the Spirit is this young woman that she hears an angel speak and so unassuming is she that the angel’s greeting totally confuses her.  Who me?  Full of grace and favor? Continue reading “Sermon 4th Sunday of Advent CSJ Vespers”