Gospel Reflection for October 25, 2020 – 30th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Exodus 22.20-26; 1 Thessalonians 1.5-10; Matthew 22.34-40 “Teacher, which commandment of the law is the greatest?”  – Matthew 22.36 In the gospels of the fall Sundays, Jesus inhabits the temple courts, teaching and disputing questions with other Jewish teachers and officials. The issues — tenants, taxes, and this Sunday, which commandment of the 613 is greatest? As citizens thisContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for October 25, 2020 – 30th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Bible Study: The Gospel of Mark

In Advent this year (only 8 weeks away) we read from the Gospel of Mark. Mark’s gospel is the shortest; also the one written closest to Jesus’ time. This fall is the perfect time to start a Bible study with friends or parishioners. Sister Joan explores the stories and themes of Marks’ Gospel in 11 short chapters, makingContinue reading “Bible Study: The Gospel of Mark”

Friday Autumn Poem

This poem was first sent to me by a dear friend, Mary Gormley Frenza. For years, we sent it to each other every autumn. This year it goes to all of you. May the harmony of leaf and flower be your companion today. APOLOGY TO MY NEIGHBORS IN AUTUMN In these still days far lovelierContinue reading “Friday Autumn Poem”

Gospel Reflection for October 11, 2020 – 28th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 25.6-10; Philippians 4.12-14,19-20; Matthew 22.1-10 “The banquet is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy to come.  Go out onto the main streets and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.” – Matthew 22.9 The meal Jesus describes in Sunday’s gospel parable is more than the lavish dinner Luke describes in hisContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for October 11, 2020 – 28th Sunday Ordinary Time”

October 4, 2020 – 27th Sunday Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 5.1-7; Philippians 4.6-9; Matthew 21.33-43 “With that the tenants seized the son, dragged him outside the vineyard, and killed him. When the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” – Matthew 21.40 The vineyard workers in Sunday’s gospel are tenants. Like them, my family lived on someoneContinue reading “October 4, 2020 – 27th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for September 20, 2020 – 25th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 55.6-9; Philippians 1.20-24,27; Matthew 20.1-16 “Call the workers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.  When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the daily wager.  Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more, but each received theContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for September 20, 2020 – 25th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for September 13, 2020 – 24th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Sirach 27.30-28.7; Romans 14.7-9; Matthew 18.21-35 Peter came and asked Jesus this question. “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” “Not seven time, but I tell you, seventy times seven,” Jesus replied. – Matthew 18.21-22 How can a servant who has hisContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for September 13, 2020 – 24th Sunday Ordinary Time”

A Confirmation Program You Can Use at Home!

During this time of staying at home, zooming and online instruction, DREs and parents tell us our Confirmation programs are saving their lives. See for yourself. Our programs for Confirmation are popular with both Confirmation Directors and teens because they are — • an easy-to-use magazine format, • written to appeal to young people, • affordable, • perfect for at-home use. Continue reading “A Confirmation Program You Can Use at Home!”

Online Program for Adult Faith-Sharing

Sunday by Sunday, our faith-sharing weekly for adults, will be totally online beginning with the October 4 issue. It is ready for you to read on your phone, computer, tablet, iPad — the device that works best for you. You will find all 52 weeks of Sunday by Sunday right in your hands, ready to use, ready to share.  AllContinue reading “Online Program for Adult Faith-Sharing”

Gospel Reflection for August 9, 2020 – 19th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: 1 Kings 19.9,11-13; Romans 9.1-5; Matthew 14.22-33 “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” – Matthew 14.27 Both the prophet Elijah and the apostle Peter live and lead in unsettled times and experience questions we are asking today. Where is God in this mess? Where is Jesus in this cross wind? Like them weContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for August 9, 2020 – 19th Sunday Ordinary Time”