Gospel Reflection for May 31, 2015, Trinity Sunday

Sunday Readings: Deuteronomy 4.32-34, 39-40; Romans 8.14-17; Matthew 2816-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to observe all I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28.19-20) Our God is no smug solitary being enclosed inContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for May 31, 2015, Trinity Sunday”

Gospel Reflection for May 24, 2015, Pentecost Sunday

Sunday Readings: Acts 2.1-11; 1 Corinthians 12.3-7, 12-13; John 20.19-23 “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them. If you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” (John 19.23) To send his friends forth with the good news of Easter, Jesus breathes the Spirit on the communityContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for May 24, 2015, Pentecost Sunday”

Gospel Reflection for May 17, 2015, Ascension

Sunday Readings: Acts 1.1-11; Ephesians 1.17-23; Mark 16.15-20 “Go to the whole world and preach the gospel.” (Mark 16.15) The ascension is the hinge event between Jesus’ resurrection and his sending of the Spirit. Luke’s gospel ends with Jesus’ ascension and the Acts of the Apostles begins with the same scene. Luke draws on ancientContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for May 17, 2015, Ascension”

Gospel Reflections for May 10, 2015, 6th Sunday of Easter

Sunday Readings: Acts 10.25-26, 34-35, 44-48; 1 John 4.7-10; John 15.9-17 “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Live on in my love.” (John 15.9) What a lovely scripture passage for Mother’s Day! We live on in our love for one another. We are social beings. We live and grow inContinue reading “Gospel Reflections for May 10, 2015, 6th Sunday of Easter”

Gospel Reflection for May 3, 2015, 5th Sunday of Easter

Sunday Readings: Acts 9.26-31; 1 John 3.18-24; John 15.1-8 “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15.5) A vine is a single plant. All its branches share the life its roots draw fromContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for May 3, 2015, 5th Sunday of Easter”

Gospel Reflection for April 26, 2015, 4th Sunday of Easter

Sunday Readings: Acts 4.8-12; 1 John 3.1-2; John 10.11-18 “I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep, and mine know me. Just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. I lay down my life for the sheep.” (John 10.14-15) As the good shepherd, Jesus reveals his Father’s continuing love for IsraelContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for April 26, 2015, 4th Sunday of Easter”

Gospel Reflection for April 19, 2015, 3rd Sunday of Easter

Sunday Readings: Acts 3.13-15, 17-19; 1 John 2.1-5; Luke 24.35-48 Jesus stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” His disciples were startled and terrified…He said to them, “Why are you troubled? Why do questions arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and feet, that it is I myself.” (LukeContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for April 19, 2015, 3rd Sunday of Easter”

Gospel Reflection for April 12, 2015, 2nd Sunday of Easter

Sunday Readings: Acts 4.32-35; 1 John 5.1-6; John 19-31 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, Jesus breathed on his disciples and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you shall forgive are forgiven them,Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for April 12, 2015, 2nd Sunday of Easter”

Gospel Reflection for April 5, 2015, Easter Sunday

Sunday Readings: Acts 10.34,37-43; Colossians 3.1-4 (Easter Vigil: Mark 16.1-7);  John 20.1-9 (10-18) “I have seen the Lord,” Mary Magdalene announces to the community of Jesus’ disciples when she returns from encountering her Teacher on Easter morning (John 20.18). Jesus sends her as the apostle to the apostles to tell them, “I am going toContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for April 5, 2015, Easter Sunday”

Gospel Reflection for March 29, 2015, Palm Sunday

Sunday Readings: Mark 11.1-10; Isaiah 50.4-7; Philippians 2.6-11; Mark 14.1-15.47 “When it was evening, Jesus came with the twelve…. While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it, he broke it and gave it to them, and said, ‘Take; this is my body.’  Then he took a cup and afterContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for March 29, 2015, Palm Sunday”