Gospel Reflection for May 8, 2016, Ascension

Sunday Readings: Acts 1.1-11; Ephesians 1.17-23; Luke 24.46-53 Jesus spoke to his disciples, “Thus it is written that the messiah would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance and forgiveness of sin would be proclaimed in his name to all the nations. You are the witnesses of these things.Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for May 8, 2016, Ascension”

Gospel Reflection for April 24, 2016, 5th Sunday of Easter

Sunday Readings: Acts 14.21-27; Revelation 21.1-5; John 13.31-32, 34-35 Jesus speaks to his disciples at the last supper after Judas leaves. “A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so also you should love one another. In this way all will know that you are my disciples: if youContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for April 24, 2016, 5th Sunday of Easter”

A More Compassionate Church

The other day, I listened to two Lutheran women talking about a Catholic wedding one woman went to. When it came time for communion, she wasn’t sure if she should go up. She saw other non-Catholics go, so she did, too. She took the wafer and dipped it in the chalice, as is the customContinue reading “A More Compassionate Church”

Gospel Reflection for April 17, 2016, 4th Sunday of Easter

Sunday Readings: Acts 13.14, 43-52; Revelation 7.9, 14-17; John 10.27-30 “The Father and I are one.” (John 10.30) In chapter 10, John gospel makes an extended comparison between Jesus and shepherds who pasture, protect, and water their flocks and by night sleep in the opening of the sheepfold and become its gate. Sunday’s short gospelContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for April 17, 2016, 4th Sunday of Easter”

Gospel Reflection for April 10, 2016, 3rd Sunday of Easter

Sunday Readings: Acts 5.27-32, 40-41; Revelation 5.11-14; John 21.1-19 “Peter felt hurt because Jesus said to him a third time, ‘Do you love me?’ Peter said to Jesus, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep.’” (John 21.19) Peter and several of Jesus’ disciples make aContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for April 10, 2016, 3rd Sunday of Easter”

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”

Gospel Reflection for March 27, 2016, Easter Sunday

Sunday Readings: Acts 10.34, 37-43; Colossians 3.1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5.6-8; John 20.1-9 (10-18) Mary Magdelene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord.” (John 20.18) The act of raising Jesus from the dead reveals who God is — the one who gives life. By accepting death, Jesus reveals that God’s powerContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for March 27, 2016, Easter Sunday”