Gospel Reflection for July 7, 2013, 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus said to the 72 appointed missionaries, “Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what they set before you and cure the sick there.  Say to them: ‘The reign of God has come near.’” Luke 10.8-9 Jesus advises the missionaries no walking staff, no traveling bag, no sandals, and no visitingContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for July 7, 2013, 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for June 16, 2013, 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus said, “So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven because she has shown great love.  The one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.” Jesus spoke to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven.” Luke 7.47-48 The anonymous woman who bathes Jesus’ feet with her tears, wipes them with her hair, and anointsContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for June 16, 2013, 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for June 9, 2013, 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus saw a widow crying as the body of her only son was being carried out. Luke 7.14-15 Jesus came forward and touched the coffin, and the bearers halted. “Young man, I tell you, arise,” said Jesus. The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Unlike many suppliants inContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for June 9, 2013, 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for May 12, Ascension Sunday

Then Jesus led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands, he blessed them.  As he blessed them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. Luke 24.50-51 The ascension is the hinge event between Jesus’ resurrection and his sending of the Spirit.  Luke ends his gospel with Jesus’ departureContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for May 12, Ascension Sunday”

Gospel Reflection for March 10, 2013, 4th Sunday of Lent

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 lives again.  He was lost and is found. Luke 15.31-32   In Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son, Luke holds up not only a model of conversion inContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for March 10, 2013, 4th Sunday of Lent”

Gospel Reflection for March 3, 3rd Sunday in Lent

Jesus tells a parable about a man who plants a fig tree in his orchard but finds no fruit after three years.  The man tells the gardener to cut it down. The gardener said, “Sir, leave it one more year while I hoe around it and manure it.  Perhaps then it will bear figs.  IfContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for March 3, 3rd Sunday in Lent”

Gospel Reflection for February 24, 2nd Sunday of Lent

While Jesus was praying, his face changed in appearance and his clothes became dazzling white.  Suddenly two men were talking with him—Moses and Elijah. Luke 9.29-30 The dazzling, transforming light suggests divine presence.  As he prays, Jesus’ inner life and light become transparent in his outward appearance, just as our values and commitments show throughContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for February 24, 2nd Sunday of Lent”

Gospel Reflection for February 17, 1st Sunday of Lent

The devil had been tempting Jesus in the desert. Jesus said, “Scripture says, ‘You shall not put the Holy One your God to the test.’” Luke 4.9 In their theological duel Jesus and his antagonist express two very different interpretations of the role and mission of the messiah.  The devil tempts Jesus to display hisContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for February 17, 1st Sunday of Lent”

Gospel Reflection for January 27, 2013, 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus read, “The Spirit of God is upon me, for God has anointed me and sent me to proclaim good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty for captives, sight to the blind, release to prisoners, to announce a year of favor from the Lord. Luke 4.18-19   The prisoners make the list along withContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for January 27, 2013, 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for January 13, Baptism of the Lord

When Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens opened, and the Holy Spirit descended like a dove.  And a voice came from heaven, “You are my son, my Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” Luke 3.21-22 By the time of John the Baptist in Israel’s history, people wonder where to lookContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for January 13, Baptism of the Lord”