Gospel Reflection for May 24, 2020 – Feast of the Ascension

Scripture Readings: Acts 1.1-11; Ephesians 1.17-23; Matthew 28.16-20 “Remember that I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 29.20 In Matthew’s resurrection story, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joses go to the Jesus’ tomb. An angel rolls back the stone for the two women who see the tombContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for May 24, 2020 – Feast of the Ascension”

Live simply. Live prayerfully. Live in peace.

Living Like Francis Today puts you in touch with the God of love and mercy Pope Francis wants us to know. Each of the six short chapters begins and ends with a simple prayer from scripture or from the writing of St. Francis. Short reflections invite you to apply the themes in your own life.Continue reading “Live simply. Live prayerfully. Live in peace.”

Gospel Reflection for May 3, 2020 – 4th Sunday of Easter

Sunday Readings: Acts 2.14,36-41; 1 Peter 2.20-25; John 10.1-10 “I came that my sheep might have life and have it more abundantly.” – John 10.10 John’s gospel makes an extended allegory in chapter 10 about shepherds, sheep, and gates. The intimacy between shepherd and sheep suggests insight into the relationship between Jesus and believers. TheContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for May 3, 2020 – 4th Sunday of Easter”

Gospel Reflection for April 19, 2020 – 2nd Sunday of Easter

Scripture Readings Acts 1.42-47, 1 Peter 1.3-9; John 20.19-31 On the evening of the first day of the week, even though the disciples had locked the doors of the place where they were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood before them. “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, soContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for April 19, 2020 – 2nd Sunday of Easter”

Don’t stop with Easter Sunday

The Sundays after Easter give us time to let Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection sink into our own lives. The Gospels for these weeks are full of Jesus’ loving farewell advice. The other scripture readings, from the Acts of the Apostles and the letters of Peter, tell the story of how Jesus’ followers learn toContinue reading “Don’t stop with Easter Sunday”

Give your teen the gift of prayer — SPIRIT 4 Teens

The Spirit Prayer Journal contains classic prayers from scripture and other religious traditions. Plenty of room and inspiration for journaling on all life’s big questions. Give your teens these journals to record their feelings and hopes during our time sheltering in place. View sample prayers at goodgroundpress.com. You can order online or by calling 800-232-5533.Continue reading “Give your teen the gift of prayer — SPIRIT 4 Teens”

Host a Passover Meal Online

The meal Jesus shares with his disciples the night before he dies celebrates Passover, a feast remembering Israel’s escape from slavery in Egypt and journey to freedom in the Promised Land. In the Christian tradition the Holy Thursday Eucharist we share celebrates Jesus’ gift of himself to us and his model of service in washingContinue reading “Host a Passover Meal Online”

Gospel Reflection for April 5, 2020, Palm/Passion Sunday

Scripture Readings: Matthew 21.1-11; Isaiah 50.4-7; Philippians 2.6-22; Matthew 26.14—27.66 or 27.11-54 “Jesus cried out with a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ – Matthew 27.46 What in your life has demanded more than you thought you had to give? What has Jesus’ passionContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for April 5, 2020, Palm/Passion Sunday”

We Can!

When Jesus asks James and John if they can drink the cup he will drink, they speak a bold and brash, “We can.” These two words in Latin form the motto of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet — possumus. The pioneering sisters in our community and other religious communities indeed lived bold andContinue reading “We Can!”