Gospel Reflection for September 20, 2015, 25th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Wisdom 2.12, 17-20; James 3.16-4.3; Mark 9.30-37 “Whoever wants to be first must be last and the servant of all.” (Mark 9.35) When Jesus begins to tell his disciples that suffering lies ahead, that he will be put to death and rise again, they find themselves too afraid to ask questions. But theyContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for September 20, 2015, 25th Sunday Ordinary Time”

On Miracles

Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns.  When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening,Continue reading “On Miracles”

Gospel Reflection for October 20, 2013, 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus tells the parable of the unjust judge who gives in to a widow who persists in seeking her rights. Jesus asks, “Will God not do justice to those chosen ones who call out day and night?  Will God delay justice for them?” Luke 18.7 In Luke’s time widows have little place in society butContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for October 20, 2013, 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for September 22, 2013, 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus said, “No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other.  Neither can you serve both God and wealth.” Luke 16.13 In the parable that forms Sunday’s gospel (Luke 16.1-13), Jesus surprisingly holds up an embezzlerContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for September 22, 2013, 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for September 15, 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus tells three parables in Sunday’s gospel, ending with the story of the prodigal son. “My son, you are with me always, and everything I have is yours.  But we had to celebrate and rejoice!  This brother of yours was dead, and has come back to life.  He was lost, and is found.” Luke 15.31-32Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for September 15, 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for July 14, 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The story of the Good Samaritan leads Jesus to pose the question, “Which of these is your neighbor?” The lawyer responded, “The one who treated him with compassion.” Jesus said, “Then go and do the same.” Luke 10.36-37 The parable stands at the heart of Jesus’ message of salvation.  In effect, Jesus tells the lawyerContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for July 14, 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for March 17, 2013, 5th Sunday of Lent

The scribes and Pharisees brought a woman to Jesus who had been caught in adultery. Jesus said, “Let the sinless one among you cast the first stone at her.” John 8.7 Only John’s gospel tells the story of the hypocrites who take a woman they catch in adultery to trap Jesus. The Romans have deniedContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for March 17, 2013, 5th Sunday of Lent”

Which son are you?

The topic of siblings usually provokes conversation. Siblings may consider some of us oldest children bossy even though parents might use the words dependable and responsible. Many of us have the wild or special-needs brother or sister who absorbs more attention than the rest. This is the one who wrecks the car or who getsContinue reading “Which son are you?”

Gospel Reflection for March 10, 2013, 4th Sunday of Lent

My son, you are with me always, and everything I have is yours.  But we had to celebrate and rejoice!  This brother of yours was dead and lives again.  He was lost and is found. Luke 15.31-32   In Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son, Luke holds up not only a model of conversion inContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for March 10, 2013, 4th Sunday of Lent”

Gospel Reflection for March 3, 3rd Sunday in Lent

Jesus tells a parable about a man who plants a fig tree in his orchard but finds no fruit after three years.  The man tells the gardener to cut it down. The gardener said, “Sir, leave it one more year while I hoe around it and manure it.  Perhaps then it will bear figs.  IfContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for March 3, 3rd Sunday in Lent”