Gospel Reflection for February 12, 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

A leper came to Jesus, imploring him urgently and kneeling as he spoke, “If you will, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched the man. Jesus said, “I will.  Be made clean.” Mark 1.40-42 Lepers in Jesus’ time and until our century lived their lives apart fromContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for February 12, 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time”

A Gospel Reflection for February 5, 2012, 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Simon said, “Jesus, my mother-in-law is sick in bed with a fever.” Jesus went to her, took her by the hand, and raised her up.  The fever left her immediately, and she began to serve them. Mark 1.30-31 Simon Peter’s mother-in-law responds to Jesus’ act of raising her up by serving him.  She becomes aContinue reading “A Gospel Reflection for February 5, 2012, 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time”

A Gospel Reflection for January 29, 2012, 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

There was a man in the synagogue with an unclean spirit.  He cried out, “What do you want from us, Jesus of Nazareth?  Have you come to destroy us?  I know who you are―the Holy One of God! Jesus rebuked him saying, “Be silent.  Go out of the man.” At that the unclean spirit convulsedContinue reading “A Gospel Reflection for January 29, 2012, 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for January 22, 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

As Jesus was walking along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew, casting a fish net in the sea.  They fished for a living. Jesus called to them, “Come after me.  I will make you fishers of people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Jesus. Mark 1.16-18 Gospel writer MarkContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for January 22, 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for January 15, 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Two disciples were following Jesus so he questioned them, “What do you seek?” They asked him, “Teacher, where do you stay?” Jesus responded, “Come and see.”  They went and saw where he stayed and remained with him that day.  It was about four in the afternoon. John 1:38-39 Andrew and an unnamed disciple go andContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for January 15, 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time”

A Gospel Reflection for January 8, Epiphany

The magi were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house, found the child with Mary, his mother.  They prostrated themselves and did him homage.  Then they opened their coffers and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Matthew 2.10-11 Matthew’s learned Gentiles, the magi, discover through their study of theContinue reading “A Gospel Reflection for January 8, Epiphany”

Gospel Reflection for January 1, Mary Mother of God

Mary pondered all these words in her heart.  Luke 2.19 For insight into Mary, the Mother of God on her feast day, Sunday’s gospel offers only the fact she has given birth and the single sentence above.  That sentence turns on the single word pondered.  This word suggests her character in the narrative.  Mary pondersContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for January 1, Mary Mother of God”