Gospel Reflection for October 22, 2017, 29th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 45.1,4-6; 1 Thessalonians 1.1-5; Matthew 22.15-21   “Whose image is on the coin and whose inscription?” – Matthew 22.20 In Sunday’s gospel Jesus confronts a worldview about who images God. Jesus insists that we cannot keep separate our obligations to God and those to government. God blesses and calls us to integrateContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for October 22, 2017, 29th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for September 10, 2017, 23rd Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Ezekiel 33.7-9; Romans 13.8-10; Matthew 18.15-20 “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”  – Matthew 13.20 “Talk it through” is the nub of Jesus’ advice on what to do when one disciple wrongs another. Step one is one-on-one dialogue. If that fails, step two advises usContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for September 10, 2017, 23rd Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for August 20, 2017, 20th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 56.1, 6-7; Romans 11.13-15, 29-32; Matthew 15.21-28 “It is not faith to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs,” Jesus said, but the Canaanite women said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” – Matthew 15.26-27 InContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for August 20, 2017, 20th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Poem of the Week

Gate A-4 by Naomi Shihab Nye Wandering around the Albuquerque Airport Terminal, after learning my flight had been delayed four hours, I heard an announcement: “If anyone in the vicinity of Gate A-4 understands any Arabic, please come to the gate immediately.” Well— one pauses these days. Gate A-4 was my own gate. I wentContinue reading “Poem of the Week”

Gospel Reflection for July 30, 2017, 17th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: 1 Kings 3.5, 7-12; Romans 8.28-30; Matthew 13.44-52 “The kingdom of God is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid, and then in joy goes and sells every belonging and buys the field.”  – Matthew 13.44 Sunday’s gospel begins with a parable about buying and selling. The treasure inContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for July 30, 2017, 17th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for July 2, 2017, 13th Sunday Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings: 2 Kings 4.8-11,14-16; Romans 6.3-4,8-11; Matthew 10.37-42 Jesus says, “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.” – Matthew 10.40 Faith refers to more than the beliefs that set believers apart. Faith is relationship, a whole-hearted entrusting of one’s life to whom or what one considersContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for July 2, 2017, 13th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for June 18, 2017, Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ

Scripture Readings: Deuteronomy 8.2-3, 14-16; 1 Corinthians 10.16-17; John 6.51-58 “Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them.” – John 6.56 We misunderstand Jesus if we think the eating bread and drinking wine that Christians do is cannibalism. However, Jesus did choose eating and drinking as theContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for June 18, 2017, Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ”

Gospel Reflection for May 21, 2017, 6th Sunday of Easter

Scripture Readings: Acts 8.5-8, 14-17; 1 Peter 315-18; John 14.15-21 “I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you.” – John 14.18 Thanks to the pervasive power of God’s love, there is no where Jesus’ friends can go where God is not, and nowhere they can go where the Spirit is not, orContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for May 21, 2017, 6th Sunday of Easter”