Gospel Reflection for November 1, 2020 – Feast of All Saints

Scripture Readings: Revelation 7.2-4,9-14; 1 John 3.1-3; Matthew 5.1-12 “Blessed are the poor in spirit; the reign of God belongs to them.” – Matthew 5.3 The beatitudes turn our assumptions about whom God blesses upside down. The eight sayings challenge us to live in ways quite contrary to profit-motivated values. The beatitudes expand in detail what theContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for November 1, 2020 – Feast of All Saints”

Gospel Reflection for January 29, 2017, 4th Sunday Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings: Zephaniah 2.3;3.12-13; 1 Corinthians 1.26-31; Matthew 5.1-12 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5.3 Who does God bless? The obvious answer is people with a security guard at their gates and a home for every season. Jesus has a different take. He insists GodContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for January 29, 2017, 4th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for November 1, 2015, All Saints Day

Sunday Readings: Revelation 7.2-4, 9-14; 1 John 3.1-3; Matthew 5.1-12 “Blessed are the poor in spirit; the kingdom of God is theirs.” (Matthew 5.3) When people identify the central message of Christianity, they will say loving God and neighbor or following the ten commandments. Rarely does anyone’s first response refer to the beatitudes. The thou-shaltsContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for November 1, 2015, All Saints Day”