Gospel Reflection for October 12, 2014, 28th Sunday Ordinary Time

“I have prepared my banquet…everything is ready. Come to the feast.” Matthew 22.4 Christians today don’t catch on readily to Matthew’s allegory. For first-century Jews, both Christian Jews and rabbinic Jews, the Jewish-Roman war that destroyed the temple was a watershed event. Until then, rabbinic Jews who studied the Torah in synagogues and Christian JewsContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for October 12, 2014, 28th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for October 5, 2014, 27th Sunday Ordinary Time

“The kingdom of God…will be given to people that produce its fruits.” Matthew 21.43 We humans are like all tenants of Earth and like those in Sunday’s parable.  Our basest instincts are to draw everything to ourselves, the “owner” be damned.  God has given us a precious vineyard/planet/home, teeming with life and extraordinary resources, butContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for October 5, 2014, 27th Sunday Ordinary Time”

The Daughters of Abraham

We’re walking through the whole Bible this year with our 7th graders. That means we are attempting to address the entire Hebrew Scripture by Christmas– no small task. This week we are studying the story of Abraham and Sarah: They said to him, “Where is your wife Sarah?” And he said, “There, in the tent.”Continue reading “The Daughters of Abraham”

Gospel Reflection for September 28, 2014, 26th Sunday Ordinary Time

“Tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you.”  Matthew 21.31 Like all parables, Jesus’ parable of the father with two children invites hearers to judge themselves in making a judgement about the parable. The chief priests and elders see the first child as the one who does what the father (GodContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for September 28, 2014, 26th Sunday Ordinary Time”

On Miracles

Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns.  When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening,Continue reading “On Miracles”

Fierce Love

I have a child growing in my womb who will take on the last name of my husband, which is Ruth. When we first met, he joking tried to woo me by telling me that all of his names were Biblical: Daniel Paul Ruth. I love the book of Ruth and have been looking atContinue reading “Fierce Love”

New Life

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! –2 Corinthians 5:17 My friend is a personal trainer. She is in the midst of her busiest time of year. January 1st rolls around and without fail, she gets a slew of new clients looking toContinue reading “New Life”