Friday Poem

Daisies  by Mary Oliver It is possible, I suppose, that sometime,we will learn everythingthere is to learn: what the world is, for example,and what it means. I think this as I am crossingfrom one field to another, in summer, and themockingbird is mocking me, as one who eitherknows enough already or knows enough to beperfectly contentContinue reading “Friday Poem”

Gospel Reflection for October 17, 2021 – 29th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 53.10-11; Hebrews 4.14-16; Mark 10.35-45 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, asked Jesus, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” Jesus said, “What is it you want me to do for you?” “When you sit on your throne in your glorious kingdom, we want toContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for October 17, 2021 – 29th Sunday Ordinary Time”

A Christmas Gift for Your Whole Parish

This Advent begins Luke’s story of Jesus’ good news. What if everyone in your parish didn’t just hear the Sunday scriptures at Mass, but had them on their phone or their laptop? What if you gave each of them the gift of Sunday by Sunday. Sunday by Sunday not only brings the Sunday readings but adds prayer, reflection, and questions thatContinue reading “A Christmas Gift for Your Whole Parish”

Gospel Reflection for October 3, 2021 – 27th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Genesis 2.18-24; Hebrews 2.9-11; Mark 10.2-12 Some Pharisees asked Jesus a question as a test. “Tell us, does the Law allow a husband to divorce his wife?” Jesus replied, “What law did Moses give you?” A Pharisee answered, “Moses gave permission for a husband to write a divorce notice and send his wife away.” Jesus said, “Moses wroteContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for October 3, 2021 – 27th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for September 26, 2021 – 26th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Numbers 11.25-29; James 5.1-6; Mark 9.38-48 “Whoever is not against us is for us.” – Mark 9.40 This Sunday the disciple John raises a question about who can act in Jesus’ name. “Teacher, someone is casting out demons in your name.” John admits that he and the other disciples stopped the man. He was not one of theirContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for September 26, 2021 – 26th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for September 12, 2021 – 24th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 50.5-9 James 2.14-18 Mark 8.27-35ho do you say that I am? Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter replied, “You are the Messiah.” Then Jesus sternly ordered his disciples not to tell anyone about him. He began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, be rejectedContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for September 12, 2021 – 24th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for September 5, 2021 – 23rd Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 35.4-7; James 2.1-5; Mark 7.31-37 In the region of Decapolis people brought to Jesus a man who was deaf and who had an impediment in his speech. They begged him to lay his hand on him. Jesus took the man aside in private away from the crowd and put his fingers into his ears. He spat and touchedContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for September 5, 2021 – 23rd Sunday Ordinary Time”

Explore the Gospel of Mark This Fall

Beginning this Sunday, August 29, we go back to hearing from Mark’s gospel at Sunday Eucharist. These two books will open the gospel for you. Mark’s Gospel: the Whole Story is a short (88 pages) and very readable introduction to Mark. Each of the 11 chapters covers a portion of his Gospel. The questions after each chapter stimulate sharingContinue reading “Explore the Gospel of Mark This Fall”

Gospel Reflection for August 29, 2021 – 22nd Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Deuteronomy 4.1-2, 6-8; James 1.17-18, 21-22,27; Mark 7.1-8,14-15, 21-23 Jesus called the crowd to him. “Listen to me, all of you, and understand. Nothing that enters into a person from outside can make a person impure; it is the things that come out that defile. It is from within, from the human heart, that evilContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for August 29, 2021 – 22nd Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for August 22, 2021 – 21st Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Joshua 23.1-2, 15-17, 18; Ephesians 5.21-32; John 6.60-69 Many of Jesus’ disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?” But Simon Peter said, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and areContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for August 22, 2021 – 21st Sunday Ordinary Time”