Gospel Reflection for February 5, 2017, 5th Sunday Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 58.7-10; 1 Corinthians 2.1-5; Matthew 5.13-16 “You are the salt of the earth….You are the light of the world.” – Matthew 5.13-14 Salt became a precious commodity because it allowed fish and meat to be dried and cured to last a long time. By comparing his disciples to salt, Jesus encourages themContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for February 5, 2017, 5th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for January 29, 2017, 4th Sunday Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings: Zephaniah 2.3;3.12-13; 1 Corinthians 1.26-31; Matthew 5.1-12 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5.3 Who does God bless? The obvious answer is people with a security guard at their gates and a home for every season. Jesus has a different take. He insists GodContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for January 29, 2017, 4th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for January 22, 2017, 3rd Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 8.23-9.3; 1 Corinthians 1.10-13, 17; Matthew 4.12-23 Jesus said “Come, follow me. I want you to gather people into your nets.” – Matthew 4.19 As his first action in his public ministry, Jesus calls four fishermen to accompany and follow him. From the beginning Jesus gathers companions. In fact, it is forContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for January 22, 2017, 3rd Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for January 15, 2017, 2nd Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 49.3,5-6; 1 Corinthians 1.1-3; John 1.29-34 “The one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘When you see the Spirit descend and rest on someone, it is he who is to baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ Now I have seen for myself and have testified, ‘This is God’s chosen one.’”Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for January 15, 2017, 2nd Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for January 8, 2017, Epiphany

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 60.1-6; Ephesians 3.2-3, 5-6; Matthew 2.1-12 “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to pay him homage.” – Matthew 2.2 The magi follow a star. They search for God in the visible, natural world. Creation is the first source of revelation.Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for January 8, 2017, Epiphany”

Gospel Reflection for January 1, 2017, Mary, Mother of God

Sunday Readings: Numbers 6.2-27; Galatians 4.4-7; Luke 2.16-21 “Mary pondered all these words in her heart.” – Luke 2.19 Sunday’s gospel about the shepherds visit to Mary’s child and offers only a single sentence about her. That sentence turns on the word pondered, in Greek the word if symballein. Ballein means to throw. Literally theContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for January 1, 2017, Mary, Mother of God”

Gospel Reflection for December 25, 2016, Christmas

Christmas Readings: Isaiah 9.1-6; Titus 2.11-14; Luke 2.1-20 “While Mary and Joseph were in Bethlehem, the time came for her to have to child. Mary gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no place for them in the inn.” – LukeContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 25, 2016, Christmas”

Gospel Reflection for December 18, 2016, 4th Sunday Advent

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 7.10-14; Romans 1.1-7; Matthew 1.18-24 “This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother was engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child through the power of the Holy Spirit. Joseph, her husband, an upright man unwilling to expose her toContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 18, 2016, 4th Sunday Advent”

Happy Feast of Our Lady Guadalupe

You, Lady of dark visage, Warm mother of the earth-in-sky, Radiant as the sun, Standing on the moon. Scoop up your children of Earth’s rich color who grapple with the earthly chores All for our comfort-and-joy. Fold them into your mother’s embrace. Hold them safe. Teach us all to hold holy Your Son-under-our-feet. Amen. PoemContinue reading “Happy Feast of Our Lady Guadalupe”

Gospel Reflection for December 11, 2016, 3rd Sunday Advent

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 35.1-6,10; James 5.7-10; Matthew 11.2-11 John the Baptist sends messengers to ask Jesus, “Are you the one to come or should we expect someone else?” Jesus answers, “Tell John what you hear and see: the blind can see; the lame can walk; lepers are cured; the deaf hear; the dead are raisedContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 11, 2016, 3rd Sunday Advent”