Gospel Reflection for September 26, 2021 – 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 This Sunday the disciple John raises a question about who can act in Jesus’ name. “Teacher, someone is casting out demons in your name.” John admits that he and the other disciples stopped the man. He was not one of theirContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for September 26, 2021 – 26th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for September 5, 2021 – 23rd Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 35.4-7; James 2.1-5; Mark 7.31-37 In the region of Decapolis people brought to Jesus a man who was deaf and who had an impediment in his speech. They begged him to lay his hand on him. Jesus took the man aside in private away from the crowd and put his fingers into his ears. He spat and touchedContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for September 5, 2021 – 23rd Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for August 29, 2021 – 22nd Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Deuteronomy 4.1-2, 6-8; James 1.17-18, 21-22,27; Mark 7.1-8,14-15, 21-23 Jesus called the crowd to him. “Listen to me, all of you, and understand. Nothing that enters into a person from outside can make a person impure; it is the things that come out that defile. It is from within, from the human heart, that evilContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for August 29, 2021 – 22nd Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for August 22, 2021 – 21st Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Joshua 23.1-2, 15-17, 18; Ephesians 5.21-32; John 6.60-69 Many of Jesus’ disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?” But Simon Peter said, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and areContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for August 22, 2021 – 21st Sunday Ordinary Time”

August 8, 2021 – 19th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: 1 Kings 19.4-8; Ephesians 4.30-5.2; John 6.41-51 “Very truly, I tell you whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness and died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread thatContinue reading “August 8, 2021 – 19th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for July 25, 2021 – 17th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: 2 Kings 4.42-44; Ephesians 4.1-6; John 6.1-15 “The people sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, Jesus told his disciples, ‘Gather up the fragments leftContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for July 25, 2021 – 17th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for July 18, 2021 – 16th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Jeremiah 23.1-6; Ephesians 2.13-18; Mark 6.30-14 “As he went ashore Jesus saw a great crowd.  He had compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd.  He began to teach them many things.” – Mark 6.34 The lectionary organizes our Sunday hearing of the gospels in short snippets. In this Sunday’s snippet the twelve return from aContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for July 18, 2021 – 16th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for July 11, 2021 – 15th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Amos 7.12-15; Ephesians 1.2-14; Mark 6.7-13 Jesus called the twelve, began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits . . . So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. They cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick andContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for July 11, 2021 – 15th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Bishops and Communion

“I want to write a longer piece about those bishops who seek to keep some from the table of Christ, but for now I will say this: it is not your table (nor mine). Bishops, priests, etc. are neither the hosts nor the bouncers nor the ones who wrote the guest list. The Eucharist isContinue reading “Bishops and Communion”

Gospel Reflection for June 20, 2021 – 12th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Job 38.1,8-11; 2 Corinthians 5.14-17; Mark 4.35-41 As evening came Jesus said to his disciples — “Let us go across to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, his disciples took Jesus with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A terrible windstorm arose, and waves beat into theContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for June 20, 2021 – 12th Sunday Ordinary Time”