Knowing Jesus

Where do we find Jesus in the post-resurrection time in which we live? For those of us who did not get to know Jesus during his embodiment on earth, how do we now get to know him now? This Sunday’s Gospel, the road to Emmaus story from Luke 24, gives us some important clues toContinue reading “Knowing Jesus”

Gospel Reflection for May 4, 2014, Third Sunday of Easter

Two disciples were walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus and began talking to a stranger about Jesus’ death and all that had transpired since that time.  They did not recognize that the stranger was the risen Jesus. While Jesus sat with the two disciples, he took bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to them. Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for May 4, 2014, Third Sunday of Easter”

Gospel Reflection for February 2, 2014, Feast of the Presentation

An old man, Simeon, received and blessed Jesus when Mary and Joseph presented him at the temple. “Lord, you can let your servant go in peace; you have fulfilled your word.  My eyes have seen your salvation which you have prepared before all the nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for gloryContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for February 2, 2014, Feast of the Presentation”

Gospel Reflection for November 24, Feast of Christ the King

Jesus was crucified between two criminals. One belittled Jesus while the second criminal believed. The second criminal said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus responded, “I assure you this day you will be with me in paradise.”  Luke 23.42-43 Jesus is no ordinary king. He reigns from the cross, not aContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for November 24, Feast of Christ the King”

Gospel Reflection for November 10, 2013, 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus said, “God is not God of the dead but of the living.  All are alive to God.”  Luke 20.38 In Sunday’s gospel a Sadducee poses a question to Jesus regarding the law of Moses.  The law states a man is to marry his brother’s widow if she is childless.  The Sadducee presents a caseContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for November 10, 2013, 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for November 3, 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus asks, “Today salvation has come to this house for he, too, is a son of Abraham.  The Son of Man has come to seek out and save the lost.” Luke 19.9-10 Jesus’ final statement in the gospel makes his mission clear: he comes to seek out and save the lost.  Jesus draws Zacchaeus, theContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for November 3, 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for October 27, 2013, 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus asks, “All who make little of themselves will be lifted up, but all who make much of themselves will be brought down.” Luke 18.14 In this Sunday’s gospel Jesus tells the story of the Pharisee and the tax collector.  The Pharisee supposes the very prayer that distanced him from the tax collector brings himContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for October 27, 2013, 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for October 20, 2013, 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus tells the parable of the unjust judge who gives in to a widow who persists in seeking her rights. Jesus asks, “Will God not do justice to those chosen ones who call out day and night?  Will God delay justice for them?” Luke 18.7 In Luke’s time widows have little place in society butContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for October 20, 2013, 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for October 13, 2013, 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

On his way to Jerusalem, Jesus encountered ten people with leprosy who asked for his healing.  He sent them on and they then recognized they had been cured.  One returned to thank Jesus. Jesus said, “Weren’t ten cleansed?  Where are the other nine?  Did none return to give glory to God but this man whoContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for October 13, 2013, 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for September 29, 2013, 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus tells the story of a poor beggar name Lazarus and a rich man.  Both died and their roles reverse.  The rich man suffers while Lazarus rests in the arms of Abraham.  The rich man asks Abraham to send Lazarus to bring him some water. Abraham replied, “Remember how well you lived when you wereContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for September 29, 2013, 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time”