Gospel Reflection for December 4, 2016, 2nd Sunday of Advent

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 11.1-10; Romans 15.4-9; Matthew 3.1-12 Two family trees figure in Sunday’s readings: the children of Abraham and Sarah hear God’s call, go to a new land, and await a child who will be the first of descendants as countless as the stars. Faith in God’s promise is their DNA. The descendants ofContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 4, 2016, 2nd Sunday of Advent”

Gospel Reflection for November 20, 2016, Christ the King

Sunday Readings: 2 Samuel 5.1-3; Colossians 1.12-20; Luke 23.35-43 “Jesus is the face of God’s mercy,” Pope Francis writes in announcing the Jubilee Year of Mercy that ends this Sunday. “These words might well sum up the mystery of Christian faith. Mercy has become living and visible in Jesus of Nazareth, reaching its culmination inContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for November 20, 2016, Christ the King”

Gospel Reflection for November 13, 2016, 33rd Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Malachi 3.19-20; 2 Thessalonians 3.7-12; Luke 21.5-19 “By patient endurance you will save your lives.” – Luke 21.19 In the face of war (Syria, Afghanistan), earthquakes (Oklahoma after fracking), and plagues (Zika virus)–all the regular stuff of breaking news, Jesus recommends patient endurance. Persevere. Jesus has taught us how to live every day.Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for November 13, 2016, 33rd Sunday Ordinary Time”

O Anthiphons

  The O Antiphons are the Church’s prayer for the last days of Advent. Beautifully illustrated by Ansgar Holmberg, CSJ, each card has a visual and a prayer poem by Joan Mitchell, CSJ. The original antiphon and its scriptural sources on the back. Click here to view a sample. Only $15.00 per set (price includesContinue reading “O Anthiphons”

Gospel Reflection for October 16, 2016, 29th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Exodus 17.8-13; 2 Timothy 3.14-4.2; Luke 18.18 “Take up my case. Give me my just rights against my opponent.” – Luke 18.3 The widow in Jesus’ parable this Sunday is not asking for food and basic necessities. She is seeking her “just rights.” The word in Greek, ekdikeo, is not the usual termContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for October 16, 2016, 29th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for October 9, 2016, 28th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: 2 Kings 5.14-17; 2 Timothy 2.8-13; Luke 17.11-17 Jesus asked, “Weren’t ten lepers cleansed? Where are the other nine?” – Luke 17.17 In Sunday’s gospel only one of the ten lepers Jesus heals returns to thank Jesus. The passage prompts us to practice gratitude to God and to one another. Being alive callsContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for October 9, 2016, 28th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for October 2, 2016, 27th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Wisdom 9.13-28; Philomen 9-10, 12-17; Luke 14.25-33 “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, spouse and children, brothers and sisters, yes, even life itself, cannot be my follower; whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” – Luke 14.26-27 Jesus continues on his journeyContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for October 2, 2016, 27th Sunday Ordinary Time”