Gospel Reflection for May 22, 2016, Trinity Sunday

Sunday Readings: Proverbs 8.22-31; Romans 5.1-5; John 16.12-15 “The Spirit will glorify me because the Spirit will take what is mine and declare it to you.” (John 16.14) Most Christians grasp as Creator and God as incarnate Son more easily than an image of God as Spirit and guide. We see the creator in parentsContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for May 22, 2016, Trinity Sunday”

Gospel Reflection for May 15, 2016, Pentecost

Pentecost Sunday Readings: Acts 2.1-11, 1 Corinthians 12.3-7, 12-13; John 20.19-23 “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” (John 20.21) Pentecost is an event not only about the miracle of fiery tongues for Jesus’ disciples. It is also the miracle of the ear for all those from aroundContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for May 15, 2016, Pentecost”

Gospel Reflection for May 8, 2016, Ascension

Sunday Readings: Acts 1.1-11; Ephesians 1.17-23; Luke 24.46-53 Jesus spoke to his disciples, “Thus it is written that the messiah would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance and forgiveness of sin would be proclaimed in his name to all the nations. You are the witnesses of these things.Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for May 8, 2016, Ascension”

Gospel Reflection for May 1, 2016, 6th Sunday of Easter

Sunday Readings: Acts 15.1-2,22-29; Revelation 21.10-14; John 14.23-29  “Those who love me will keep my word and my Father will love them. To them we will come and make our home.” (John 14.23) Sunday’s gospel tell us that when people live like Jesus, they discover Jesus and his Father within them. We learn and relearnContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for May 1, 2016, 6th Sunday of Easter”

Gospel Reflection for April 24, 2016, 5th Sunday of Easter

Sunday Readings: Acts 14.21-27; Revelation 21.1-5; John 13.31-32, 34-35 Jesus speaks to his disciples at the last supper after Judas leaves. “A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so also you should love one another. In this way all will know that you are my disciples: if youContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for April 24, 2016, 5th Sunday of Easter”

A More Compassionate Church

The other day, I listened to two Lutheran women talking about a Catholic wedding one woman went to. When it came time for communion, she wasn’t sure if she should go up. She saw other non-Catholics go, so she did, too. She took the wafer and dipped it in the chalice, as is the customContinue reading “A More Compassionate Church”

Gospel Reflection for April 17, 2016, 4th Sunday of Easter

Sunday Readings: Acts 13.14, 43-52; Revelation 7.9, 14-17; John 10.27-30 “The Father and I are one.” (John 10.30) In chapter 10, John gospel makes an extended comparison between Jesus and shepherds who pasture, protect, and water their flocks and by night sleep in the opening of the sheepfold and become its gate. Sunday’s short gospelContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for April 17, 2016, 4th Sunday of Easter”

Gospel Reflection for April 10, 2016, 3rd Sunday of Easter

Sunday Readings: Acts 5.27-32, 40-41; Revelation 5.11-14; John 21.1-19 “Peter felt hurt because Jesus said to him a third time, ‘Do you love me?’ Peter said to Jesus, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep.’” (John 21.19) Peter and several of Jesus’ disciples make aContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for April 10, 2016, 3rd Sunday of Easter”