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”

Gospel Reflection for April 23, 2017, 2nd Sunday of Easter

Sunday Readings: Acts 2.42-47; 1 Peter 1.3-9; John 20.19-31 Jesus said to his disciples, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” – John 20.21-22 On the evening of the first Easter,Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for April 23, 2017, 2nd Sunday of Easter”

Gospel Reflection for April 3, 2016, 2nd Sunday of Easter

Sunday Readings: Acts 5.12-16; Revelation 1.9-11, 12-13, 17-19; John 20.19-31 Jesus breathed on his disciples and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” (John 20.22-23) Bible scholar Sandra Schneiders observes that the Greek word translated as retained above or sometimes boundContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for April 3, 2016, 2nd Sunday of Easter”

Feed Your Spirit

What’s more Catholic than fish dinners? Did you know the fish is an ancient Christian symbol? The word for fish in Greek is ichtus, pronounced ick-toose. The word fish in Greek letters look like: The first Christians, who were sometimes persecuted for their faith in Jesus, made an acrostic out of this word. In anContinue reading “Feed Your Spirit”

Gospel Reflection for March 13, 2016, 5th Sunday of Lent

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 43.16-21; Philippians 3.8-14; John 8.1-11 “Woman, where are they all? Has no one condemned you?” (John 8.10) Only John’s gospel tells the story of the hypocrites who use a woman they catch in adultery to trap Jesus. He can reject the law of Moses that requires stoning or break the Roman lawContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for March 13, 2016, 5th Sunday of Lent”

Gospel Reflection for March 6, 2016, 4th Sunday of Lent

Sunday Readings: Joshua 5.9,10-12; 2 Corinthians 5.17-21; Luke 15.1-3,11-32 Then Jesus said, “There was a man who had two sons.  The younger said to the father, ‘Father, give me the share of your property that will fall to me.’  So the father divided up the property.  After a few days the younger son, having gatheredContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for March 6, 2016, 4th Sunday of Lent”

Year of Mercy

Corporal Works of Mercy are those that tend to bodily needs of others. In Matthew 25:34-40, Jesus tells his followers they will be judged on six specific works of mercy, the first six below.  The last work of mercy, burying the dead, comes from the Book of Tobit.[3][4] To feed the hungry. To give drinkContinue reading “Year of Mercy”

Forgiveness

For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and allContinue reading “Forgiveness”