Gospel Reflection for December 1, 2019, 1st Sunday of Advent

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 2.1-5; Romans 13.11-14; Matthew 23.37-44 “Be sure of this: If the owner of the house knew when the thief was coming he or she would keep a watchful eye and not allow the house to be broken into. You must be prepared in the same way. The Son of Man is comingContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 1, 2019, 1st Sunday of Advent”

Gospel Reflection for January 6, 2019, Epiphany

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 60.1-6, Ephesians 3.2-3, 5-6, Matthew 2.1-12 Magi from the East arrive in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We observed his star at its rising and have come to pay him homage.” – Matthew 2.1-2 Only Matthew tells the story of the wise visitors from the East. They are studentsContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for January 6, 2019, Epiphany”

Gospel Reflection for May 27, 2018, Trinity Sunday

Sunday Readings: Deuteronomy 432-34, 39-40; Romans 8.14-17; Matthew 28.16-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father,and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to observe all I have commanded you.”  – Matthew 28.19-20 Our God is no smug solitary being enclosed in eccentricContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for May 27, 2018, Trinity Sunday”

Gospel Reflection for January 7, 2018, Epiphany

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 60.1-6; Ephesians 3.2-3, 5-6; Matthew 2.1-12 “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We observed his star at its rising and have come to pay him homage.” – Matthew 2.2 Epiphany celebrate the manifestation of Jesus to Gentile seekers. Learned Gentiles discover through their study of the heavens a new starContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for January 7, 2018, Epiphany”

Gospel Reflection for December 10, 2017, 2nd Sunday of Advent

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 40.1-5,9-11; 2 Peter 3.8-14; Mark 1.1-8 “One more powerful than I will come after me.” – Matthew 1.7 Advent prepares us o celebrate the incarnation–God becoming one of us. Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us, the one Israel’s prophet Isaiah promised God would send. By loving us as one of us, JesusContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 10, 2017, 2nd Sunday of Advent”

Gospel Reflection for December 3, 2017, 1st Sunday of Advent

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 63.16-17,19; 64.2-7; 1 Corinthians 1.3-9; Mark 13.33-37
 “Stay awake, for you do not know when the owner of the house will come.” – Matthew 13.35 
 Advent begins a new Church year with a gospel about the end of all things. Instead of a date for the end, Jesus gives us aContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 3, 2017, 1st Sunday of Advent”

Gospel Reflection for November 26, 2017, Feast of Christ the King

Sunday Readings: Ezekiel 34.11-12,15-17; 1 Corinthians 15.20-26,28; Matthew 25.31-46 “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you or see you thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we you were a stranger and welcome you or naked and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and visitContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for November 26, 2017, Feast of Christ the King”

Gospel Reflection for November 19, 2017, 33rd Sunday Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings: Proverbs 31.1-13, 19-20, 30-31; 1 Thessalonians 5.1-6; Matthew 25.14-30 “The servant who received one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground, and buried the master’s money.” – Matthew 25.19 The master in the parable of the talents puts servants in charge of huge amounts of money. A worker in Jesus’ timeContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for November 19, 2017, 33rd Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for November 12, 2017, 32nd Sunday Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings: Wisdom 6.12-16; 1 Thessalonians 4.13-18; Matthew 25.1-13 “The wise girls brought flasks of oil along with their lamps.” – Matthew 25.4 When Matthew writes more than 50 years after Jesus’ death and resurrection, Christians no longer expect Jesus’ immanent return. Instead, they are reflecting on how to live wisely and faithfully during theContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for November 12, 2017, 32nd Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for November 5, 2017, 31st Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Malachi 1.14; 2.2, 8-10; Thessalonians 2.7-9.3; Matthew 23.1-12 “The greatest among you will be the one who serves the rest.” – Matthew 23.11 Perhaps some people in the early Christian communities claim more importance than others. When Matthew writes more than 50 years after Jesus’ death and resurrection, Christians may be living theContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for November 5, 2017, 31st Sunday Ordinary Time”