Gospel Reflection for December 30, 2018, Holy Family

Sunday Readings: 1 Samuel 1.20-22, 24-28; 1 John 3.1-2, 21-24, Luke 2.41-52 Jesus went down with Mary and Joseph and came to Nazareth and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart. Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor. – Luke 2.51-52 Only Luke tells a story aboutContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 30, 2018, Holy Family”

Found Family

Last weekend I attended a 10th wedding anniversary celebration of two friends. I had attended the actual wedding a decade ago, and looked forward to the evening. Even with  my excitement, the gathering far exceeded my expectations. The couple had reserved a beautiful room in the back of a lovely restaurant. Appetizers, drinks, dinner andContinue reading “Found Family”

Gospel Reflection for March 6, 2016, 4th Sunday of Lent

Sunday Readings: Joshua 5.9,10-12; 2 Corinthians 5.17-21; Luke 15.1-3,11-32 Then Jesus said, “There was a man who had two sons.  The younger said to the father, ‘Father, give me the share of your property that will fall to me.’  So the father divided up the property.  After a few days the younger son, having gatheredContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for March 6, 2016, 4th Sunday of Lent”

Gospel Reflection for November 29, 2015, 1st Sunday of Advent

Sunday Readings: Jeremiah 33.14-16; 1 Thessalonians 3.12-4.2; Luke 21.25-28, 34-36 “Stay watchful.” (Luke 21.36) Advent begins with a gospel that imagines Jesus coming in glory. The gospel fairly froths with frightening images. Scary gospels can hardly worry us more than our everyday headlines and breaking news. Refugees swarm north across border after border, seeking aContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for November 29, 2015, 1st Sunday of Advent”

Gospel Reflection for October 4, 2015, 27th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Genesis 2.18-24; Hebrews 2.9-11; Mark 10.2-12 “Tell us, does the Law allow a husband to divorce his wife?” (Mark 10.2) Marriage is the topic in Sunday’s gospel.  In Rome this Sunday the Synod on the Family begins.  Second marriages is one topic on the agenda.  Many people in the pews pray the SpiritContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for October 4, 2015, 27th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Fierce Love

I have a child growing in my womb who will take on the last name of my husband, which is Ruth. When we first met, he joking tried to woo me by telling me that all of his names were Biblical: Daniel Paul Ruth. I love the book of Ruth and have been looking atContinue reading “Fierce Love”