July 26, 2020, 17th Sunday Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings: 1 Kings 3.5,7-12; Romans 8.28-30; Matthew 13.44-52 “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in joy goes and sells all he has and buys that field.” – Matthew 13.44 Sunday’s gospel begins with two parables about finding, selling, and buying. A farmer finds aContinue reading “July 26, 2020, 17th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Feast Day of St. Kateri Tekakwitha

Today is the feast day of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, who was declared a saint in 2012. We invite you to celebrate and learn her story. Visit goodgroundpress.com for weekly gospel reflections, daily prayers, and free online spiritual retreats.

Hildegard of Bingen: Patron saint of green and growing

Hildegard was only five years old in 1098 when her parents brought her, their tenth child, to the monastery of St. Disibode. A holy woman named Jutta took the little girl in and taught her Latin and music so she could sing the psalms with the monks and nuns. Jutta also taught Hildegard everything sheContinue reading “Hildegard of Bingen: Patron saint of green and growing”

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”