Gospel Reflection for September 20, 2020 – 25th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 55.6-9; Philippians 1.20-24,27; Matthew 20.1-16 “Call the workers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.  When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the daily wager.  Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more, but each received theContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for September 20, 2020 – 25th Sunday Ordinary Time”

July 26, 2020, 17th Sunday Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings: 1 Kings 3.5,7-12; Romans 8.28-30; Matthew 13.44-52 “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in joy goes and sells all he has and buys that field.” – Matthew 13.44 Sunday’s gospel begins with two parables about finding, selling, and buying. A farmer finds aContinue reading “July 26, 2020, 17th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for July 19, 2020 -16th Sunday Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings: Wisdom 23.24, 26-29; Romans 8.26-27; Matthew 13.24-43 Jesus put another parable to the crowd. “The householder’s slaves came to him, “Master, did you now sow good seed in your field? Where did these weeds come from?” The master answered, “An enemy has done this.” The slaves said, “Do you want us to go and gather them?” The householder replied, “No, inContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for July 19, 2020 -16th Sunday Ordinary Time”

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”