Gospel Reflection for March 1, 2015, 2nd Sunday of Lent

Sunday Readings: Genesis 22.1-2, 9, 10-13, 15-18; Romans 8.31-34; Mark 9.2-10 “Suddenly looking around, Peter, James, and John no longer saw anyone with them — only Jesus.” (Mark 9.8) The Orthodox Church sees in the transfiguration what the whole of Christian life is about — transformation into Christ. Prayer leads to transforming communion with God.Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for March 1, 2015, 2nd Sunday of Lent”

Gospel Reflection for February 22, 2015, 1st Sunday of Lent

Sunday Readings: Genesis 9.8-15; 1 Peter 3.18-22; Mark 1.12-15 “Immediately after his baptism the Spirit drove Jesus into the desert.” (Mark 1.12) Every Lent we tend to own up to our self-destructive habits and recommit to become more kind, loving, and prayerful, to say nothing of healthier. What if it is our affections that pullContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for February 22, 2015, 1st Sunday of Lent”

Gospel Reflection for February 15, 2015, 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Leviticus 13.1-2, 44-46; 1 Corinthians 10.31-11.1; Mark 1.40-45 A leper cam to Jesus begging him  and kneeling. The leper said to Jesus, “If you choose you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said, “I do choose. Be made clean!” (Mark 1.40-45) Like theContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for February 15, 2015, 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for February 8, 2015, 5th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Job 7.1-4, 6-7; 1 Corinthians 9.16-19, 22-23; Mark 1.29-39 As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John. Now Peter’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told Jesus about her at once. Jesus took her by the hand and liftedContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for February 8, 2015, 5th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for January 18, 2015, 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: 1 Samuel 3.3-10,19; 1 Corinthians 6.13-15,17-20; John 1.35-42 John the Baptist points out Jesus to two of his disciples, Andrew and another. They  follow Jesus, who turns, sees them, and ask what they are looking for.    Andrew said to him, “Teacher, where are you staying?” Jesus said to them, “Come and see.”Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for January 18, 2015, 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for December 14, 2014, 3rd Sunday of Advent

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 61.1-2,10-11; 1 Thessalonians 5.16-24; John 1.6-8, 19-28 “Among you stands one whom you do not know.” John 1.26 John the Baptist refuses to apply people’s expectations of the messiah to himself.  He anticipates one greater than he is coming.  He testifies to the light.  He insists that “Among you stands one whomContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 14, 2014, 3rd Sunday of Advent”