Gospel Reflection for September 9, 2018, 23rd Sunday Ordinary Time

Gospel Reflection for September 9, 2018, 23rd Sunday Ordinary Time Sunday Readings: Isaiah 35.4-7, James 2.1-5, Mark 7.31-37 “Ephphatha, Be opened.” And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. Then Jesus order them to tell no one, but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it.”  –Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for September 9, 2018, 23rd Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for September 2, 2018, 22nd Sunday Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings: Deuteronomy 4.1-2,6-8; James 1.17-18,21-22,27; Mark 7.1-8,14-15, 21-23 “You forsake the commandment of God and hold to human tradition…It is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come.” – Mark 7.8, 21 Rules tend to multiply, and traditions accumulate. The Pharisees in Sunday’s gospel question why Jesus’ disciples do not follow JewishContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for September 2, 2018, 22nd Sunday Ordinary Time”

Sister Joan has a new book!

Sister Joan has created a litany for the women in Mark’s Gospel. Sister Ansgar joined the prayer by bringing the women to life with her art. We invite you to join us in prayer and reflection and in adding women in your life to the litany. Go to our website—goodgroundpress.com—to read sample pages. Only $8.00Continue reading “Sister Joan has a new book!”

Gospel Reflection for July 22, 2018, 16th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Jeremiah 23.1-6; Ephesians 2.13-18; Mark 6.30-34 “As he went ashore, Jesus saw a great crowd. His heart is moved with pity for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. He began to teach them many things.” – Mark 6.34 In Sunday’s gospel the twelve return from the mission to preach andContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for July 22, 2018, 16th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for July 15, 2018, 15th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Amos 7.12-15; Ephesians 1.2-14; Mark 6.7-13 “So the twelve went out and proclaimed that all should repent. They cast out demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.” – Mark 6.12-13 Jesus sends the twelve men disciples out to become one with the people in villages near Nazareth, toContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for July 15, 2018, 15th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for July 8, 2018, 14th Sunday Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings: Ezekiel 2.2-5; 2 Corinthians 12.7-10; Mark 6.1-6 “Jesus was amazed at their unbelief.” – Mark 6.6 When Jesus preaches in his hometown synagogue, his neighbors experience his astonishing wisdom but quickly dismiss his gifts. Their certainty and cynicism quickly tame their amazement at his preaching and healing. Jesus is a carpenter and noContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for July 8, 2018, 14th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for July 1, 2018, 13th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Wisdom 1.13-15; 2.23-34; 2 Corinthians 8.7,9,13-15; Mark 5.21-43 “The woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before Jesus, and told him the whole truth.”  – Mark 5.33 Jesus took the girl by the hand and said to her, “Talitha cum,” which means,”Little girl, arise.” And immediatelyContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for July 1, 2018, 13th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for June 17, 2018, 11th Sunday Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings: Ezekiel 17.22-24; 2 Corinthians 5.6-10; Mark 4.26-34 “This is how it is with the reign of God. A farmer scatters seed on the ground, goes to bed, and gets up day after day. Through it all the seeds sprouts and grows without the farmer knowing how it happens.” – Mark 4.26-37 A farmerContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for June 17, 2018, 11th Sunday Ordinary Time”

The Gospel of Mark At Your Fingertips

If you are a Sunday by Sunday subscriber, you will notice we start reading from Mark’s Gospel again this coming Sunday. You can enhance your understanding of how the weekly excerpts we hear at Sunday Eucharist fit into the overall themes of Mark with Sister Joan’s easy-to-read book. The 11 short chapters of Sister Joan’sContinue reading “The Gospel of Mark At Your Fingertips”

Gospel Reflection for June 10, 2018, 10th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Genesis 3.9-15; 2 Corinthians 4.13-5.1; Mark 3.20-35 “Whoever does the will of God is my brother, sister, and mother.”  – Mark 3.35 Jesus is the talk of Galilee in the early chapters of Mark’s gospel. Only Mark tells this story in which enthusiastic crowds make neighbors his family question Jesus’ sanity. What makesContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for June 10, 2018, 10th Sunday Ordinary Time”