Gospel Reflection for September 30, 2018, 26th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Numbers 11.25-29; James 5.1-6; Mark 9.38-48 “Whoever is not against us is for us.”  – Mark 9.40 Often in our disgustingly polarized times, activists, liberal and conservative, reverse Jesus’ saying and eliminate the middle ground. They insist whoever is not for us is against us. Middle ground is liminal space, valuable to preserve for exploring whatContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for September 30, 2018, 26th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for August 27, 2017, 21st Sunday Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 22.19-23, Romans 11.33-36, Matthew 16.13-20 “Who do people say that I am?”  – Matthew 16.14 Jesus asks his disciples this question, “Who do people say that I am?”, halfway through his public ministry. Is he the long-awaited leader that prophets dreamed would bring peace? His disciples think so. Is her God’s servantContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for August 27, 2017, 21st Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for August 20, 2017, 20th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 56.1, 6-7; Romans 11.13-15, 29-32; Matthew 15.21-28 “It is not faith to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs,” Jesus said, but the Canaanite women said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” – Matthew 15.26-27 InContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for August 20, 2017, 20th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Fully Alive! An Easter Retreat

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Gospel Reflection for February 5, 2017, 5th Sunday Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 58.7-10; 1 Corinthians 2.1-5; Matthew 5.13-16 “You are the salt of the earth….You are the light of the world.” – Matthew 5.13-14 Salt became a precious commodity because it allowed fish and meat to be dried and cured to last a long time. By comparing his disciples to salt, Jesus encourages themContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for February 5, 2017, 5th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for January 22, 2017, 3rd Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 8.23-9.3; 1 Corinthians 1.10-13, 17; Matthew 4.12-23 Jesus said “Come, follow me. I want you to gather people into your nets.” – Matthew 4.19 As his first action in his public ministry, Jesus calls four fishermen to accompany and follow him. From the beginning Jesus gathers companions. In fact, it is forContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for January 22, 2017, 3rd Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for June 26, 2016, 13th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: 1 Kings 19.16, 19-21; Galatians 5.1, 13-18; Luke 9.51-62 “As the days were being fulfilled for Jesus to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.” (Luke 9.51) The men and women who follow Jesus as disciples serve an apprenticeship on the journey to Jerusalem. They are on the roadContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for June 26, 2016, 13th Sunday Ordinary Time”

A More Compassionate Church

The other day, I listened to two Lutheran women talking about a Catholic wedding one woman went to. When it came time for communion, she wasn’t sure if she should go up. She saw other non-Catholics go, so she did, too. She took the wafer and dipped it in the chalice, as is the customContinue reading “A More Compassionate Church”

Power and Limits of Words

A couple I know are torn about which church to attend. One enjoys a more traditional worship and the other tends toward emerging churches with contemporary worship, but they want to worship together. The former read to me the vision and mission statement of the latter’s favorite church and asked me, “Do you even thinkContinue reading “Power and Limits of Words”