Gospel Reflection for December 2, 2018, 1st Sunday of Advent

Gospel Reflection for December 2, 2018, 1st Sunday of Advent Sunday Readings: Jeremiah 33.14-16; 1 Thessalonians 3.12-4.2; Luke 21.25-28, 34-36 “Stay watchful, praying for strength to escape what will happen and to stand before the Son of Man.” – Luke 21.36 Advent begins the Church year with a gospel that fairly froths with frightful images. The gospelContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 2, 2018, 1st Sunday of Advent”

Gospel Reflection for April 2, 2017, 5th Sunday of Lent

Scripture Readings: Ezekiel 37.12-14; Romans 8.8-11; John 11.1-45 Jesus said to Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” Martha said to Jesus, “Yes, Lord, I believe you areContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for April 2, 2017, 5th Sunday of Lent”

Practicing Advent, Free of Fear

A dear friend of mine is a pediatrician who specializes in palliative care. That means, essentially, she helps children die well. It’s vocational work that is demanding of her body, mind and spirit. Because of the grueling hours and the deep sadness, she needed to find a hobby that would encourage her to sit stillContinue reading “Practicing Advent, Free of Fear”

Gospel Reflection for December 20, 2015, 4th Sunday of Advent

Sunday Readings: Micah 5.1-4; Hebrews 10.5-10; Luke 1.39-45 “Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and cried out in a loud voice, ‘Blessed are you among women and blessed is the child of your womb.’” (Luke 1.41-42) The encounter between Mary and her kinswoman Elizabeth is spiritually electric. Each woman has responded to God alone.Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 20, 2015, 4th Sunday of Advent”

Waiting in the Dark

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, andContinue reading “Waiting in the Dark”

Living the Easter Message

Recently, a wise woman pointed out to me that while Catholics tend to spend a lot of time and energy thinking about the season of Lent, we often celebrate Easter Sunday and then forget that we are in the midst of the longest special liturgical season of the church year. The Easter season extends fromContinue reading “Living the Easter Message”

New Life

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! –2 Corinthians 5:17 My friend is a personal trainer. She is in the midst of her busiest time of year. January 1st rolls around and without fail, she gets a slew of new clients looking toContinue reading “New Life”

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”