Gospel Reflection for December 22, 2019, 4th Sunday of Advent

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 7.10-14; Romans 1.1-7, Matthew 1.18-24 This is how the birth of Jesus came about. When his mother Mary was engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the power of the Holy Spirit. Joseph, her husband, an upright man unwilling too expose her to the law,Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 22, 2019, 4th Sunday of Advent”

Gospel Reflection for December 15, 2019, 3rd Sunday of Advent

Gospel Reflection for December 15, 2019, 3rd Sunday of Advent Sunday Readings: Isaiah 35.1-6,10; James 5.7-10; Matthew 11.2-11 In his ministry Jesus is not hacking dead branches off the family tree of Israel nor winnowing hypocrites from among repentant sinners as John expected he would. Jesus is so different from the axe-wielding, chaff-winnowing judge thatContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 15, 2019, 3rd Sunday of Advent”

Gospel Reflection for November 3, 2019, 31st Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Wisdom 11.22-12.2; 2 Thessalonians 1.11-2.2; Luke 19.1-10 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through the city. There was a man there named Zacchaeus, the chief tax collector and a wealthy man. He was trying to see who Jesus was but he could not see on account of the crowd, for he was shortContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for November 3, 2019, 31st Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for October 13, 2019, 28th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: 2 Kings 5.14-17; 2 Timothy 2.8-13; Luke 17.11-19 “On their way the ten lepers found they were cleansed. One of them seeing that he had been healed, turned back, praising God in a loud voice. He fell at Jesus’ feet, thanking him. This man was a Samaritan.”  – Luke 17.14-16 A wise counselorContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for October 13, 2019, 28th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for September 15, 2019, 24th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Exodus 32.7-11,13-14; 1 Timothy 1.12-17; Luke 15.1-32 The tax-collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus, at which the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” – Luke 15.1 The parables that lure sinners and prostitutes to seek out Jesus feature a shepherd’s lost sheep, aContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for September 15, 2019, 24th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for July 14, 2019, 15th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Deuteronomy 30.10-136)?4; Colossians 1.15-20; Luke 10.25-37 “Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the man who fell in with the robbers?”  – Luke 10.25-37 Compassion may be understood as the capacity to be attracted to and moved by the vulnerability of someone else. It requires the willingness to risk, toContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for July 14, 2019, 15th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for July 22, 2018, 16th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Jeremiah 23.1-6; Ephesians 2.13-18; Mark 6.30-34 “As he went ashore, Jesus saw a great crowd. His heart is moved with pity for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. He began to teach them many things.” – Mark 6.34 In Sunday’s gospel the twelve return from the mission to preach andContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for July 22, 2018, 16th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for May 27, 2018, Trinity Sunday

Sunday Readings: Deuteronomy 432-34, 39-40; Romans 8.14-17; Matthew 28.16-20 “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 in eccentricContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for May 27, 2018, Trinity Sunday”

Gospel Reflection for March 11, 2018, 4th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: 2 Chronicles 36.14-16, 19-23; Ephesians 2.4-10; John 3.14-21 “God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world but so the world might be saved through him.” – John 3.17 Jesus’ mission is not to condemn the world but to save it. He calls us who believe in him toContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for March 11, 2018, 4th Sunday Ordinary Time”