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”

Celebrate Women of the Gospel

Today, July 22, is the feast day of Mary Magdalene. Mary Magdalene is first witness to Jesus’ resurrection in all four Gospels. She was among the women from Galilee who follow Jesus and provide for him out of their resources. From early Christianity she has been called “the apostle to the apostles”, the bringer ofContinue reading “Celebrate Women of the Gospel”

Gospel Reflection for July 19, 2020 -16th Sunday Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings: Wisdom 23.24, 26-29; Romans 8.26-27; Matthew 13.24-43 Jesus put another parable to the crowd. “The householder’s slaves came to him, “Master, did you now sow good seed in your field? Where did these weeds come from?” The master answered, “An enemy has done this.” The slaves said, “Do you want us to go and gather them?” The householder replied, “No, inContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for July 19, 2020 -16th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for July 12, 2020 – 15th Sunday Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 55.10-11; Romans 8.18-23; Matthew 13.1-23 “Other seeds fell on good ground and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” – Matthew 13.8 Jesus’ parable of the sower is prophetic. It promises that Jesus’ word will yield a thirty, sixty, hundredfold harvest. The yield, however, does not happen in the gospel narrative. When Matthew’sContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for July 12, 2020 – 15th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for July 5, 2020 -14th Sunday Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings: Zechariah 9.9-10; Romans 8.9, 11-13; Matthew 11.25-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11.28 The Wisdom books of the Hebrew Bible personify our human capacity of knowing as Lady Wisdom, who is with God from the beginning and in whom GodContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for July 5, 2020 -14th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for June 28, 2020 – 13th Sunday Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings: 2 Kings 4.8-11,14-16; Romans 6.3-4,8-11; Matthew 10.37-42 “Whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life will find it. Whoever welcomes you welcomes me and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sentContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for June 28, 2020 – 13th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for June 21, 2020 – 12th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Jeremiah 20.10-13; Romans 5.12-15; Matthew 10.26-33 “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. Even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.” – Matthew 10.29Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for June 21, 2020 – 12th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Don’t Miss Matthew!

The summer Sundays bring us Matthew’s best stories — the Syrophoenician woman who speaks up for her daughter, the fearful disciples who are afraid their boat will sink, the 5,000 who trust Jesus will feed them. You can have these and more in the summer and September issues of Sunday by Sunday. You can read allContinue reading “Don’t Miss Matthew!”

Tiny Retreat: The Feast of Corpus Christi

In honor of the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ, we offer you a tiny retreat based on the feast’s Gospel. This retreat is especially for those on our email list who do not get Sunday by Sunday. Please feel free to pass the retreat on to a friend. To begin placeContinue reading “Tiny Retreat: The Feast of Corpus Christi”

Gospel Reflection for Sunday, June 7, 2020 – Trinity Sunday

Sunday Readings: Exodus 34.4-6, 8-9; 2 Corinthians 13.11-13; John 3.16-18 “Yes, God so loved the world that God gave God’s only Son that whoever believes in him may not die but may have eternal life. God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world might be savedContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for Sunday, June 7, 2020 – Trinity Sunday”