Gospel Reflection for September 22, 2013, 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus said, “No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other.  Neither can you serve both God and wealth.” Luke 16.13 In the parable that forms Sunday’s gospel (Luke 16.1-13), Jesus surprisingly holds up an embezzlerContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for September 22, 2013, 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for September 15, 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus tells three parables in Sunday’s gospel, ending with the story of the prodigal son. “My son, you are with me always, and everything I have is yours.  But we had to celebrate and rejoice!  This brother of yours was dead, and has come back to life.  He was lost, and is found.” Luke 15.31-32Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for September 15, 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for September 8, 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus said, “Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14.27 Crucifixion was an excruciatingly painful and shameful form of execution, reserved for Rome’s vilest criminals and insurrectionists, cruelly calculated to deter imitators.  Jesus’ teaching to carry the cross would have shocked and rocked his listeners. Understanding that exaggerationContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for September 8, 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for September 1, 2013, 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus said, “But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.  You will be blessed, because they cannot repay you.  You will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” Luke 14.13-14 In his advice for making guest lists, Jesus prefers those who cannot repay their hosts withContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for September 1, 2013, 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for August 25, 2013, 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

A person asked Jesus this question, “Teacher, will only a few be saved?” Jesus answered, “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able.” Luke 13.23-24 Jesus’ narrow door is a demanding ethic.  His way calls us to alleviate our fears by givingContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for August 25, 2013, 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for August 18, 2013, 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus said, “I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!” Luke 12.49 The fire Jesus wishes were already kindled points to this challenge of Jews and Gentiles in Christ working together to reconcile divisions. Fire is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Early in Luke’s gospel JohnContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for August 18, 2013, 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for August 11, 2013, 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus said, “From those to whom much has been given, much will be required; from those to whom much is committed, how much greater the demand!” Luke 12.48 Luke admonishes those who are leaders in the Christian community, those who have been entrusted with the care of “the little ones.”  Their faith is to beContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for August 11, 2013, 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for August 4, 2013, 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus said, “Take care.  Avoid greed in all its forms.  For one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” Luke 12.15 In his gospel Luke urges us to see ourselves within a web of social relations, to stand in solidarity with those in need rather than alone like the rich fool.  Like God,Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for August 4, 2013, 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for July 28, 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.” Luke 11.9 Jesus calls us in Sunday’s gospel to persevere in prayer. God is more gracious than a friend who reluctantly gets up in the night to help us. But God’sContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for July 28, 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for July 21, 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus was teaching at the home of Mary and Martha.  Martha was upset because she was providing all the hospitality while Mary sat and listened to Jesus. Jesus said, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and upset about many things; one thing only is necessary.  Mary has chosen the better portion, and she shall not beContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for July 21, 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time”