A Gospel Reflection for July 1, 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The synagogue leader Jairus asked Jesus to heal his ailing daughter.  On the way to the sick child, a hemorrhaging woman touched Jesus’ cloak.  Her faith healed her.  By the time Jesus arrived at Jairus’ home, people were mourning because the girl was dead. Jesus took the girl by the hand and said to her,Continue reading “A Gospel Reflection for July 1, 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for June 24, Birth of St. John the Baptist

Elizabeth gave birth to a son and announced his name was John.  Since that was not a family name, people questioned her decision.  They asked her husband, Zechariah, who has been mute since he failed to believe God’s promise of a son. “Zechariah asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, ‘His name is John.’  TheyContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for June 24, Birth of St. John the Baptist”

Gospel Reflection for June 17, 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus said, “With what can we compare the reign of God, or what image will help to present it?  It is like a mustard seed, which when planted in the soil, is the smallest of all seeds on earth; yet once it is sown, springs up to become the largest of shrubs with branches bigContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for June 17, 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for June 10, 2012, Body and Blood of Christ

Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” Luke 14.25 The outpouring of Jesus’ life in his suffering and death is the cup he blesses at the Passover meal, the cup he pledgesContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for June 10, 2012, Body and Blood of Christ”

Gospel Reflection for June 3, 2012, Trinity Sunday

Jesus said, “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…” Matthew 28.19 Christians follow Jesus’ example in naming God in intimate, relational terms. As baptized Christians, we follow Jesus in calling God Father; we claim kinship with God,Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for June 3, 2012, Trinity Sunday”

Gospel Reflection for May 27, 2012, Pentecost Sunday

Jesus said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them.  If you retain the sins of any they are retained. John 20.21-23 In this gospel, the whole community of believers receives peace and the power to forgive.  If the community graciously shares the peace and forgiveness Jesus bestowsContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for May 27, 2012, Pentecost Sunday”

Gospel Reflection for May 13, 2012, 6th Sunday of Easter

Jesus said, “There is no greater love than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15.13 Love is a verb.  Jesus isn’t talking about having friends but about being a friend.  Liberation theologians have a term for laying down one’s life—acompoñar. It doesn’t mean martyrdom, though that my happen.  It means accompanyingContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for May 13, 2012, 6th Sunday of Easter”

Gospel Reflection for May 6, 2012, 5th Sunday of Easter

Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches.  Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15.5 The image of the vine communicates the risen Jesus’ sustaining love for the Christian community.  Disciples tap into the common vein of lifeContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for May 6, 2012, 5th Sunday of Easter”

Gospel Reflection for April 29, Fourth Sunday of Easter

Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd.  Good shepherds lay down their lives for the sheep.” John 10.11 As John’s chapter 10 begins, Jesus talk in an elaborate figure of speech about sheep and shepherds.  Sheep know their shepherd’s voice; they won’t follow a stranger or a thief.  A shepherd leads a flock in andContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for April 29, Fourth Sunday of Easter”

A Gospel Reflection for April 22, Third Sunday of Easter

Jesus said, “Thus it was written and so it happened that the messiah is to suffer and rise from the dead on the third day.  In his name, repentance and forgiveness of sins are to be preached to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.  You are witnesses of these things. Luke 24.46-48 In this storyContinue reading “A Gospel Reflection for April 22, Third Sunday of Easter”