Gospel Reflection for June 2, 2019, Ascension

Gospel Reflection for June 2, 2019, Ascension Sunday Readings: Acts 1.1-11; Ephesians 1.17-23; Luke 24.46-53 Jesus spoke to this disciples, “Thus it is written that the messiah would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance and forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in his name to all the nations,Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for June 2, 2019, Ascension”

Reconciliation Among Christians

On October 31, Pope Francis joined leaders from the Lutheran World Federation in Sweden to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The event also celebrates the ecumenical work accomplished by Catholics and Lutherans over the last fifty years. Martin Luther started the Reformation in 1517 by nailing his 95 thesis to a church door.Continue reading “Reconciliation Among Christians”

Gospel Reflection for May 22, 2016, Trinity Sunday

Sunday Readings: Proverbs 8.22-31; Romans 5.1-5; John 16.12-15 “The Spirit will glorify me because the Spirit will take what is mine and declare it to you.” (John 16.14) Most Christians grasp as Creator and God as incarnate Son more easily than an image of God as Spirit and guide. We see the creator in parentsContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for May 22, 2016, Trinity Sunday”

Gospel Reflection for May 8, 2016, Ascension

Sunday Readings: Acts 1.1-11; Ephesians 1.17-23; Luke 24.46-53 Jesus spoke to his disciples, “Thus it is written that the messiah would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance and forgiveness of sin would be proclaimed in his name to all the nations. You are the witnesses of these things.Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for May 8, 2016, Ascension”

A More Compassionate Church

The other day, I listened to two Lutheran women talking about a Catholic wedding one woman went to. When it came time for communion, she wasn’t sure if she should go up. She saw other non-Catholics go, so she did, too. She took the wafer and dipped it in the chalice, as is the customContinue reading “A More Compassionate Church”

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 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”

Bread

I love communion. It is a mysterious ritual that always lives a bit beyond our human understanding. I love bread. I married a man who makes bread from scratch– baguettes, pizza dough, bagels and loaves of cracked wheat fill our kitchen with flour and the smell of goodness rising. I love sharing meals with people,Continue reading “Bread”

Gospel Reflection for August 5, 2012, 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never hungry, and whoever believes in my will never be thirsty. John 6.35 ¬†When Jesus sat at a table with his friends 2,000 years ago, he had little more to say to them than what he had been trying to say through the wholeContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for August 5, 2012, 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time”