Gospel Reflection for April 7, 2019, 5th Sunday of Lent

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 43.16-21; Philippians 3.8-14; John 8.1-11 “Woman, where are they all? Has no one condemned you?” – John 8.10 A group of men who oppose Jesus catch a woman in the act of adultery and bring her to Jesus to set a trap. The Romans don’t allow Jews to administer the death penalty.Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for April 7, 2019, 5th Sunday of Lent”

Comforting the Sorrowful

Pope Francis stresses forgiveness as an act of mercy we can all do. Linda Andreozzi, the author of Grief Journal, shares her journey to forgiveness of God, of her husband (for dying so young), and finally, of herself. Journaling and immersion in beauty were two ways Linda sought healing. Grief Journal will help you, and others you know,Continue reading “Comforting the Sorrowful”

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 17, 2017, 24th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Sirach 27.30-28.7; Romans 14.7-9; Matthew 18.21-35 Peter asked Jesus, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive?  As many as seven times?” – Matthew 18.21 We know Jesus’ answer to Peter’s question. Seventy times seven times. That’s always. In the Our Father we ask God toContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for September 17, 2017, 24th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for April 23, 2017, 2nd Sunday of Easter

Sunday Readings: Acts 2.42-47; 1 Peter 1.3-9; John 20.19-31 Jesus said to his disciples, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” – John 20.21-22 On the evening of the first Easter,Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for April 23, 2017, 2nd Sunday of Easter”

Gospel Reflection for September 11, 2016, 24th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Exodus 32.7-11, 13-14; 1 Timothy 1.12-17; Luke 15.1-32 “Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep…..Rejoice with me because I have found my lost coin.” (Luke 15.6, 9) Losing, finding, rejoicing — that is the pattern in each of the three parables Jesus tells in chapter 15. Who doesn’t bother toContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for September 11, 2016, 24th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Restoring Peace

The disciples were fishing, and a man on the shore told them to throw their net to the other side of the boat.”It is the Lord,” one said to Peter. It was the third time Jesus appeared to his friends after the resurrection in John. Although Peter had not initially recognized Jesus, he jumped intoContinue reading “Restoring Peace”

Gospel Reflection for April 3, 2016, 2nd Sunday of Easter

Sunday Readings: Acts 5.12-16; Revelation 1.9-11, 12-13, 17-19; John 20.19-31 Jesus breathed on his disciples and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” (John 20.22-23) Bible scholar Sandra Schneiders observes that the Greek word translated as retained above or sometimes boundContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for April 3, 2016, 2nd Sunday of Easter”

Feed Your Spirit

What’s more Catholic than fish dinners? Did you know the fish is an ancient Christian symbol? The word for fish in Greek is ichtus, pronounced ick-toose. The word fish in Greek letters look like: The first Christians, who were sometimes persecuted for their faith in Jesus, made an acrostic out of this word. In anContinue reading “Feed Your Spirit”