Gospel Reflection for February 23, 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus said, “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Matthew 5:44 Jesus rejects conventional wisdom and accepted cultural values.  He offers a prophetic alternative to payback; he wants us to make neighbors even of enemies.  He pushes the law beyond simply keeping the rules and being obedient. Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for February 23, 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for February 9, 2014, 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus said, “No one lights a lamp and puts it under a bushel basket.  The place for a lamp is on a stand where it gives light to all in the house.”  Matthew 5:15 Jesus compares his disciples to light.  People made lamps in Jesus’ day from clay.  Household lamps were small enough for thoseContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for February 9, 2014, 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for February 2, 2014, Feast of the Presentation

An old man, Simeon, received and blessed Jesus when Mary and Joseph presented him at the temple. “Lord, you can let your servant go in peace; you have fulfilled your word.  My eyes have seen your salvation which you have prepared before all the nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for gloryContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for February 2, 2014, Feast of the Presentation”

Gospel Reflection for January 26, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

  Jesus said to the fishermen, “Come follow me.  I want you to gather people in your nets.” Matthew 4.19 Christians today may wonder why the four fishermen so unhesitatingly follow a man who comes walking along the lake shore and invites them to, “Follow me.”  Matthew is writing about the call of Peter, Andrew,Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for January 26, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for January 19, 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

The fourth gospel begins in God time and enters history only in verse 6, when “a man named John was sent from God…to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him” (1.6-7). Jesus has no birth story and no parents at the beginning of this gospel. Instead he has a dedicated publicContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for January 19, 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for January 12, 2014, Baptism of the Lord

After Jesus was baptized be John, a voice from the heavens spoke. “This is my beloved Son.  My favor rests on him.” Matthew 3.17 In receiving John’s baptism, Jesus passes from private life in Galilee to public life characterized by humility and compassionate justice.  At his baptism the Spirit of God commissions him for hisContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for January 12, 2014, Baptism of the Lord”

Gospel Reflection for January 5, Epiphany Sunday

Magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews?  We saw his star at its rising and have come to pay him homage.” Matthew 2.2 The gospel tells us little about the foreigners who come to worship Jesus, but we have clothed them in rich detail.  Why? Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for January 5, Epiphany Sunday”

Gospel Reflection for December 29, Feast of the Holy Family

The angel of God appeared to Joseph with this command. “Get up, take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you otherwise. Herod is searching for the child to destroy him.” Matthew 2.13 In Sunday’s gospel the Holy Family is on the run to protect Jesus’ life. KingContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 29, Feast of the Holy Family”

Gospel Reflection for December 22, Fourth Sunday of Advent

In a dream, an angel told Joseph, “Joseph, son of David, have no fear about taking Mary as your wife.  It is by the Holy Spirit that she has conceived this child.  She is to have a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” MatthewContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 22, Fourth Sunday of Advent”