A Gospel Reflection for April 15th, 2nd Sunday of Easter

Jesus breathed on his disciples and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive people’s sins, they are forgiven them, if you hold them bound, they are held bound.” John 20.21-23 Jesus breathes the new life of the Spirit upon his disciples, just as in the beginning God breathed the spirit of life into theContinue reading “A Gospel Reflection for April 15th, 2nd Sunday of Easter”

Gospel Reflection for April 1st, Palm/Passion Sunday

Hosanna!  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Mark 11.9 Holy Week begins by celebrating Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem with palms and songs that express honor and praise.  In the Palm Sunday gospel and in the “Holy, Holy, Holy” at every Eucharist, Christians identify Jesus as the one who comesContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for April 1st, Palm/Passion Sunday”

A Gospel Reflection for March 25, 5th Sunday of Lent

Jesus said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless the grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone.  But if it dies, it will bear much fruit. Those who love their lives will lose them.  Those who hate their lives in this world will keep them to life eternal.”  John 12.24-25Continue reading “A Gospel Reflection for March 25, 5th Sunday of Lent”

Gospel Reflection for March 18th, 4th Sunday in Lent

Jesus said to Nicodemus, “God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world but so the world might be saved through him.” John 3.17 Jesus’ mission is not to condemn the world but to save it.  He calls us who believe in him to do likewise.  Like Nicodemus, we find thisContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for March 18th, 4th Sunday in Lent”

Gospel Reflection for March 11, 3rd Sunday of Lent

In the temple Jesus found people selling oxen, sheep, and doves, and money changers sitting at tables. Jesus made a whip of cords and drove them all out of the temple—sheep, oxen, money changers. He poured out their money and overturned their tables. He spoke to those selling doves, “Take these doves out of here.Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for March 11, 3rd Sunday of Lent”

A Gospel Reflection for March 4, Second Sunday of Lent

As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them an order, “Tell no one what you have seen until the Son of man has risen from the dead.” Mark 9.9 Sunday’s gospel tells the story of Jesus’ transfiguration.  Shortly before he leads Peter, James, and John up the mountain, Jesus makes his disciples awareContinue reading “A Gospel Reflection for March 4, Second Sunday of Lent”

Gospel Reflection for February 26, 1st Sunday of Lent

Immediately after his baptism, the Spirit drove Jesus into the desert.  There for 40 days Satan tested him. After John the Baptist was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming, “The time is fulfilled.  God’s reign has come near.  Repent and believe in the good news.”                         Mark 1.15     In Sunday’s gospel Jesus says,Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for February 26, 1st Sunday of Lent”

Gospel Reflection for February 19, 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Friends were so desperate to maneuver a paralyzed man through the crowds to Jesus for healing that they climbed up on the roof of house Jesus was in and lowered the man down in front of Jesus.   When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “My son, your sins are forgiven.”Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for February 19, 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time”

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”