Gospel Reflection for August 1, 2021 – 18th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Exodus 16.2-4,12-15; Ephesians 4.17,20-24; John 6.24-35 “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” – John 6.35 The crowds that Jesus fed last week want another sign if they are to believe Jesus is from God. They fail to see that Jesus’ teaching, healing,Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for August 1, 2021 – 18th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for July 25, 2021 – 17th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: 2 Kings 4.42-44; Ephesians 4.1-6; John 6.1-15 “The people sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, Jesus told his disciples, ‘Gather up the fragments leftContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for July 25, 2021 – 17th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for July 18, 2021 – 16th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Jeremiah 23.1-6; Ephesians 2.13-18; Mark 6.30-14 “As he went ashore Jesus saw a great crowd.  He had compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd.  He began to teach them many things.” – Mark 6.34 The lectionary organizes our Sunday hearing of the gospels in short snippets. In this Sunday’s snippet the twelve return from aContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for July 18, 2021 – 16th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Be a friend. Write a note. Enclose it in beauty.

What is better than a handwritten note in the morning mail! Our beautiful flower photos make just the cards for you to write to friends — and at a bargain, only $1.50 each. Then visit your local post office to stock up on Forever stamps before the price increase in August. With a supply of cards andContinue reading “Be a friend. Write a note. Enclose it in beauty.”

Gospel Reflection for July 4, 2021 – 13th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Ezekiel 2.2-5; 2 Corinthians 12.7-10; Mark 6.1-6 Jesus came to his native place with his disciples. When the Sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What kind of wisdom has been given to him? What deeds of power are beingContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for July 4, 2021 – 13th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Summer Refreshment

Summer is about taking time to garden, to read, to sit on the porch, to visit. We will send you a poem now and again this summer that might help you find a place to be peaceful. The one here is from Hafiz, the most beloved poet of Persia who lived over 600 years ago.Continue reading “Summer Refreshment”

Gospel Reflection for June 27, 2021 – 13th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Wisdom 1.13-15; 2.23-24; 2 Corinthians 8.7,9,13-15; Mark 5.21-4 Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” His disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?’”  He looked around to see whoContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for June 27, 2021 – 13th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Bishops and Communion

“I want to write a longer piece about those bishops who seek to keep some from the table of Christ, but for now I will say this: it is not your table (nor mine). Bishops, priests, etc. are neither the hosts nor the bouncers nor the ones who wrote the guest list. The Eucharist isContinue reading “Bishops and Communion”

Live simply. Live prayerfully. Live in peace.

Living Like Francis Today puts you in touch with the God of love and mercy Pope Francis wants us to know. Each of the six short chapters begins and ends with a simple prayer from scripture or from the writing of St. Francis. Short reflections invite you to apply the themes in your own life. Read a sampleContinue reading “Live simply. Live prayerfully. Live in peace.”

Holiness and Hammocks

Take your laptop or phone to a hammock and enjoy one of these summer retreats. Each of them is a pause that refreshes. All you need is a sweet summer breeze and 15-20 minutes to yourself. Then welcome the Spirit and choose a retreat below. Blessings on your time. • Why Not Soar?• The Our Father Retreat• Holy Women,Continue reading “Holiness and Hammocks”