Gospel Reflection for February 26, 1st Sunday of Lent

Immediately after his baptism, the Spirit drove Jesus into the desert.  There for 40 days Satan tested him. After John the Baptist was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming, “The time is fulfilled.  God’s reign has come near.  Repent and believe in the good news.”                         Mark 1.15     In Sunday’s gospel Jesus says,Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for February 26, 1st Sunday of Lent”

Gospel Reflection for February 19, 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Friends were so desperate to maneuver a paralyzed man through the crowds to Jesus for healing that they climbed up on the roof of house Jesus was in and lowered the man down in front of Jesus.   When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “My son, your sins are forgiven.”Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for February 19, 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Who Is This Jesus?

Who Is This Jesus?  by Claire Bischoff In the midst of my relatively easy, middle class existence, it is far too easy to make Jesus easy, too. If I am not careful, the emotional Jesus who overturned tables in the temple courtyard and the revolutionary Jesus who proposed a year of Jubilee and who welcomed toContinue reading “Who Is This Jesus?”

Gospel Reflection for February 12, 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

A leper came to Jesus, imploring him urgently and kneeling as he spoke, “If you will, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched the man. Jesus said, “I will.  Be made clean.” Mark 1.40-42 Lepers in Jesus’ time and until our century lived their lives apart fromContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for February 12, 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time”

A Gospel Reflection for February 5, 2012, 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Simon said, “Jesus, my mother-in-law is sick in bed with a fever.” Jesus went to her, took her by the hand, and raised her up.  The fever left her immediately, and she began to serve them. Mark 1.30-31 Simon Peter’s mother-in-law responds to Jesus’ act of raising her up by serving him.  She becomes aContinue reading “A Gospel Reflection for February 5, 2012, 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time”

“Unholy Spirits” and the Power of Prayer

January 27, 2012 by Claire Bischoff This week’s Gospel (Mark 1:21-28) describes Jesus commanding “an unholy spirit” to come out of a man. The people who observe this act wonder at the authority Jesus possesses, exclaiming that even the unholy spirits obey his word. Many people in the technological and scientific world of today mightContinue reading ““Unholy Spirits” and the Power of Prayer”

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”

Retreat: “… Advent is a time of darkness, of faith.”

The Advent Retreat invites you into the Sunday scripture readings that take us back in time before Jesus’ birth into the centuries of longing for the messiah, the prince of peace. Jump into any of the four reflections. Pause. Take time for a little solitude in the midst of the rush of December. Look forContinue reading “Retreat: “… Advent is a time of darkness, of faith.””