Gospel Reflection for December 25, 2014, Christmas/Holy Family

Christmas Readings: Isaiah 9.1-6; Titus 2.11-14; Luke 2.1-20 “The angel said, ‘You have nothing to fear.  I bring you good news, a great joy to be shared by the whole people.  For this day in David’s city a savior has been born to you, who is Christ the Lord.  Let this be a sign toContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 25, 2014, Christmas/Holy Family”

Our Lady of Guadalupe

In Central and South America the conquering Spanish brought both armies and disease in the 1500s that caused 90% of the native peoples to die. With the Spanish came missionaries that preached the gospels to surviving people such as Juan Diego, on whose tilma we see the image of the holy woman he encounters onContinue reading “Our Lady of Guadalupe”

“We can no longer trust in the unseen forces and the invisible hand of the market. Growth in justice requires more than economic growth, while presupposing such growth: it requires decisions, programs, mechanisms, and processes specifically geared to a better distribution of income, the creation of sources of employment, and an integral promotion of theContinue reading

Gospel Reflection for November 9, 2014, Dedication of Lateran Basilica

“For 46 years this Temple has been being built, and you are going to raise it up in three days?” John 2.20 In Sunday’s gospel Jesus cleanses the Temple.  The passage focuses on his prophetic actions, chasing out the animals for sacrifice, dumping the coins for paying Temple taxes, and overturning the money changers’ tables. Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for November 9, 2014, Dedication of Lateran Basilica”

Gospel Reflection for September 7, 2014, 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

“Amen, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” Matthew 18.18  The whole of chapter 18 in Matthew speaks to Church, the ekkeisia.  The word in Greek means assembly or gathering, the members of the Christian community.  JesusContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for September 7, 2014, 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for August 24, 2014, 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time

“Who do people say the Son of Man is?” Matthew 16.13 What are people saying about me?  Jesus’ question is a brave one.  It’s a great interview question for potential employees.  What do your colleagues or clients say about you?  What are you proud that they say about you? Jesus’ question to his first disciplesContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for August 24, 2014, 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for August 17, 2014, 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time

“It’s not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” Matthew 15.26   Perhaps it is the rudeness of Jesus’ words that impels Matthew to edit Mark’s earlier version of this story.  Matthew provides a reason for Jesus’ refusal to help this Gentile woman, whose daughter is tormented by a demon.Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for August 17, 2014, 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for August 10, 2014, 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time

“Lord, if this is really you, command me to come to you on the water.” Matthew 14.28 Two spiritual heroes walk with doubt and despair in Sunday’s scripture readings.  Both the apostle Peter and the prophet Elijah live and lead in unsettled times and experience questions we are asking today.  Where is God in thisContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for August 10, 2014, 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for July 20, 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Master, did you not sow good seed in your fields?  Where did these weeds come from? Matthew 13.27 Life takes time; God’s reign will take time.  In the end God’s wisdom is not human wisdom.  Some apparent weeds may be flowers.  The smallest of seeds may yet grow into a plant that provides hospitality forContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for July 20, 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for June 8, 2014, Pentecost

 Jesus said to his disciples, “Peace be with you.  As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” John 20.21 In this Easter appearance Jesus gives his friends a purpose that makes the passage a fitting Pentecost gospel. Jesus sends disciples as the Father sent him. He commissions them and us to continue hisContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for June 8, 2014, Pentecost”