Gospel Reflection for June 23, 2019, Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ

Scripture Readings: Genesis 14:18-20; 1 Corinthians 11.23-26; Luke 9.11-17  “Then taking the five loaves and the two fishes, Jesus raised his eyes to heaven, pronounced a blessing over them, broke them, and gave them to his disciples for distribution to the crowd.” – Luke 9.16 When we gather at Eucharist, we remember Jesus’ giving his wholeContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for June 23, 2019, Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ”

Gospel Reflection for August 26, 2018, 21st Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Joshua 24.1-2, 15-17, 18; Ephesians 5.21-32; john 6.60-69 “The words I have spoken are spirit and life. But there are some among you who do not believe,” Jesus says. Many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. Jesus said the the twelve: “Do you also want to leave?” SimonContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for August 26, 2018, 21st Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for August 18, 2018, 20th Sunday Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings: Proverbs 9.1-6; Ephesians 5.15-20; John 6.56-57 “Those who eat this bread and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. The one who eats this bread will live forever.”Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for August 18, 2018, 20th 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 29, 2016, Blood and Body of Christ

Sunday Readings: Genesis 14.18-20; 1 Corinthians 11.23-26; Luke 9.11-17 “Why don’t you give them something to eat yourselves?” (Luke 9.13) When shared the food Jesus gives multiplies, just as love and forgiveness do. Jesus’ teaching nourishes. We hear and make his word our own in living it. We become what we eat in sharing theContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for May 29, 2016, Blood and Body of Christ”

Gospel Reflection for January 17, 2016, 2nd Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 62.1-5; 1 Corinthians 12.4-11; John 2.1-11 “His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever Jesus tells you.’ Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding 20 or 30 gallons. Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’” (John 2.5-7) The wedding setting inContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for January 17, 2016, 2nd Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for October 18, 2015, 29th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 53.10-11; Hebrews 3.14-16; Mark 10.35-45 “Can you drink the cup that I drink?” (Mark 10.38) “We can,” James and John respond to Jesus’ question in Sunday’s gospel.  The irony of their brash response is that they do the opposite.  They forsake Jesus when he gets arrested and flee with all of Jesus’Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for October 18, 2015, 29th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for August 23, 2015, 21st Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Joshua 24.2-3, 15-17, 18; Ephesians 5.21-32; John 6.60-69 “Many of his disciples were listening to Jesus’ teaching.  They said, ‘This teaching is difficult.  How can anyone take it seriously’”? (John 6.60) Jesus’ disciples face a choice.  Will they stay with him or drift off with the crowds?  The long reflection on Jesus asContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for August 23, 2015, 21st Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for August 16, 2015, 20th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Proverbs 9.6-1; Ephesians 5.15-20; John 6.51-58 “The one who eats this bread will live forever.” (John 6.58) What kind of food do you crave? Chocolate? Popcorn? Anything salty, greasy, fried? What if there is a good that we can have a real relationship with? What if it’s a food we can not onlyContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for August 16, 2015, 20th Sunday Ordinary Time”