Gospel Reflection for November 3, 2019, 31st Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Wisdom 11.22-12.2; 2 Thessalonians 1.11-2.2; Luke 19.1-10 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through the city. There was a man there named Zacchaeus, the chief tax collector and a wealthy man. He was trying to see who Jesus was but he could not see on account of the crowd, for he was shortContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for November 3, 2019, 31st Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for September 15, 2019, 24th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Exodus 32.7-11,13-14; 1 Timothy 1.12-17; Luke 15.1-32 The tax-collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus, at which the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” – Luke 15.1 The parables that lure sinners and prostitutes to seek out Jesus feature a shepherd’s lost sheep, aContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for September 15, 2019, 24th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for July 14, 2019, 15th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Deuteronomy 30.10-136)?4; Colossians 1.15-20; Luke 10.25-37 “Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the man who fell in with the robbers?”  – Luke 10.25-37 Compassion may be understood as the capacity to be attracted to and moved by the vulnerability of someone else. It requires the willingness to risk, toContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for July 14, 2019, 15th Sunday Ordinary Time”

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 March 11, 2018, 4th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: 2 Chronicles 36.14-16, 19-23; Ephesians 2.4-10; John 3.14-21 “God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world but so the world might be saved through him.” – John 3.17 Jesus’ mission is not to condemn the world but to save it. He calls us who believe in him toContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for March 11, 2018, 4th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for February 11, 2018, 6th Sunday Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings: Leviticus 13.1-2, 44-46; 1 Corinthians 10.31-11.1; Mark 1.40-45 “A leper came to Jesus, imploring him urgently and kneeling as he spoke, ‘If you choose, you can make me clean.’ Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him. ‘I do choose. Be made clean.’”  – Mark 1.40-41   In Jesus’ timeContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for February 11, 2018, 6th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for October 29, 2017, 30th Sunday Ordinary time

Scripture Readings: Exodus 22.20-26; 1 Thessalonians 1.5-10; Matthew 22.34-40 “Teacher, which commandment of the law is greatest?”  – Matthew 22.36 Love God and neighbor without distinction. This is the distilled version of the mission of the  Sisters of St. Joseph, the religious community to which I belong. The mission calls us to act—to love and formContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for October 29, 2017, 30th Sunday Ordinary time”

Gospel Reflection for October 22, 2017, 29th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 45.1,4-6; 1 Thessalonians 1.1-5; Matthew 22.15-21   “Whose image is on the coin and whose inscription?” – Matthew 22.20 In Sunday’s gospel Jesus confronts a worldview about who images God. Jesus insists that we cannot keep separate our obligations to God and those to government. God blesses and calls us to integrateContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for October 22, 2017, 29th Sunday Ordinary Time”

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