Today, July 22, is the feast day of Mary Magdalene. Mary Magdalene is first witness to Jesus’ resurrection in all four Gospels. She was among the women from Galilee who follow Jesus and provide for him out of their resources. From early Christianity she has been called “the apostle to the apostles”, the bringer ofContinue reading “Celebrate Women of the Gospel”
Scripture Readings: Wisdom 23.24, 26-29; Romans 8.26-27; Matthew 13.24-43 Jesus put another parable to the crowd. “The householder’s slaves came to him, “Master, did you now sow good seed in your field? Where did these weeds come from?” The master answered, “An enemy has done this.” The slaves said, “Do you want us to go and gather them?” The householder replied, “No, inContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for July 19, 2020 -16th Sunday Ordinary Time”
Today is the feast day of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, who was declared a saint in 2012. We invite you to celebrate and learn her story. Visit goodgroundpress.com for weekly gospel reflections, daily prayers, and free online spiritual retreats.
Scripture Readings: Isaiah 55.10-11; Romans 8.18-23; Matthew 13.1-23 “Other seeds fell on good ground and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” – Matthew 13.8 Jesus’ parable of the sower is prophetic. It promises that Jesus’ word will yield a thirty, sixty, hundredfold harvest. The yield, however, does not happen in the gospel narrative. When Matthew’sContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for July 12, 2020 – 15th Sunday Ordinary Time”
The Summer Day by Mary Oliver Who made the world?Who made the swan, and the black bear?Who made the grasshopper?This grasshopper, I mean–the one who has flung herself out of the grass,the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down–who is gazingContinue reading “The Summer day”
Scripture Readings: Zechariah 9.9-10; Romans 8.9, 11-13; Matthew 11.25-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11.28 The Wisdom books of the Hebrew Bible personify our human capacity of knowing as Lady Wisdom, who is with God from the beginning and in whom GodContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for July 5, 2020 -14th Sunday Ordinary Time”
Hildegard was only five years old in 1098 when her parents brought her, their tenth child, to the monastery of St. Disibode. A holy woman named Jutta took the little girl in and taught her Latin and music so she could sing the psalms with the monks and nuns. Jutta also taught Hildegard everything sheContinue reading “Hildegard of Bingen: Patron saint of green and growing”
Scripture Readings: 2 Kings 4.8-11,14-16; Romans 6.3-4,8-11; Matthew 10.37-42 “Whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life will find it. Whoever welcomes you welcomes me and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sentContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for June 28, 2020 – 13th Sunday Ordinary Time”
Download the seven principles of Catholic social teaching. Try to live one of the principles in a special way this week. Share how the principle helped you respond to people you met and situations you encountered.
Sunday Readings: Jeremiah 20.10-13; Romans 5.12-15; Matthew 10.26-33 “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. Even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.” – Matthew 10.29Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for June 21, 2020 – 12th Sunday Ordinary Time”