Gospel Reflection for March 1, 2020, 1st Sunday of Lent

Scripture Readings: Genesis 2.7-9; 3.1-7; Romans 5.12-19; Matthew 4.1-11 Scripture says, “Not by bread alone do people live but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Scripture also says, “You shall not put the Holy One your God to the test.” – Matthew 4.4, 7 The temptation gospel asks us to examineContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for March 1, 2020, 1st Sunday of Lent”

Gospel Reflection for February 18, 2018, 1st Sunday of Lent

Sunday Readings: Genesis 9.8-15; 1 Peter 3.18-22; Mark 1.12-15 “Immediately after the baptism the Spirit drove Jesus into the desert.” – Mark 1.15 The whole of Mark’s gospel unfolds what awakens in Jesus after living in harmony with God and all creation in the desert. “God’s reign has come near,” Jesus announces. God is near,Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for February 18, 2018, 1st Sunday of Lent”

Gospel Reflection for March 5, 2017, 1st Sunday of Lent

Scripture Readings: Genesis 2.7-9; 3.1-7; Romans 5.12-19; Matthew 4.1-11 “Away with you, Satan. Scripture says, ‘You shall worship the Holy One your God; only God shall you adore.’” – Matthew 4.10 Each year the temptation story from one of the synoptic gospels is the gospel for the 1st Sunday of Lent. The devil in theContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for March 5, 2017, 1st Sunday of Lent”

What Do You See?

Good Ground Press has a unique retreat opportunity for you this Lent — a free poster and a reflection for each of the Sundays. The first one is ready. Just click here or on the image. You can print this retreat out or view it on your computer. Each Monday we will put up aContinue reading “What Do You See?”

Gospel Reflection for November 13, 2016, 33rd Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Malachi 3.19-20; 2 Thessalonians 3.7-12; Luke 21.5-19 “By patient endurance you will save your lives.” – Luke 21.19 In the face of war (Syria, Afghanistan), earthquakes (Oklahoma after fracking), and plagues (Zika virus)–all the regular stuff of breaking news, Jesus recommends patient endurance. Persevere. Jesus has taught us how to live every day.Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for November 13, 2016, 33rd Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for March 9, 1st Sunday of Lent

Jesus said, “Scripture says, ‘Not by bread alone do people live but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4.4 Jesus lives by God’s word not by bread alone.  He refuses to put God to the test.  He worships God alone, the first commandment.  His testimony calls us to welcome andContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for March 9, 1st Sunday of Lent”

Jesus in the Desert: An excerpt from Sunday By Sunday

For many a desert is a dry, lifeless place – perhaps a metaphor for a painful, unrewarding time in life. But for people who live in arid ecosystems, a desert is a place where trees grow deep roots and plants succulent stems. A desert holds hidden springs and sheltering valleys. In the desert the peopleContinue reading “Jesus in the Desert: An excerpt from Sunday By Sunday”

Gospel Reflection for February 17, 1st Sunday of Lent

The devil had been tempting Jesus in the desert. Jesus said, “Scripture says, ‘You shall not put the Holy One your God to the test.’” Luke 4.9 In their theological duel Jesus and his antagonist express two very different interpretations of the role and mission of the messiah.  The devil tempts Jesus to display hisContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for February 17, 1st Sunday of Lent”