Gospel Reflection for December 25 & 29, 2019, Christmas/Holy Family

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 9.1-6; Titus 2.11-14; Luke 2.1-20 “Let this be a sign to you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes in a manger.” – Luke 2.12 Christians celebrate Christmas just after the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere. In nature, daylight imperceptibly lengthens. In the first reading for Christmas a great lightContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 25 & 29, 2019, Christmas/Holy Family”

Gospel Reflection for December 22, 2019, 4th Sunday of Advent

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 7.10-14; Romans 1.1-7, Matthew 1.18-24 This is how the birth of Jesus came about. When his mother Mary was engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the power of the Holy Spirit. Joseph, her husband, an upright man unwilling too expose her to the law,Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 22, 2019, 4th Sunday of Advent”

Gospel Reflection for December 15, 2019, 3rd Sunday of Advent

Gospel Reflection for December 15, 2019, 3rd Sunday of Advent Sunday Readings: Isaiah 35.1-6,10; James 5.7-10; Matthew 11.2-11 In his ministry Jesus is not hacking dead branches off the family tree of Israel nor winnowing hypocrites from among repentant sinners as John expected he would. Jesus is so different from the axe-wielding, chaff-winnowing judge thatContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 15, 2019, 3rd Sunday of Advent”

Gospel Reflection for December 8, 2019, 2nd Sunday of Advent

Gospel Reflection for December 8, 2019, 2nd Sunday of Advent Sunday Readings: Isaiah 2.1-5; Romans 13.11-14; Matthew 23.37-44 Ours are not the only troubled times. The prophet Isaiah describes in Sunday’s first reading an ideal king and a peaceable kin*dom. Small wonder, Isaiah lives in the years following the Assyria army’s destruction of the northernContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 8, 2019, 2nd Sunday of Advent”

Gospel Reflection for December 1, 2019, 1st Sunday of Advent

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 2.1-5; Romans 13.11-14; Matthew 23.37-44 “Be sure of this: If the owner of the house knew when the thief was coming he or she would keep a watchful eye and not allow the house to be broken into. You must be prepared in the same way. The Son of Man is comingContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 1, 2019, 1st Sunday of Advent”

Gospel Reflection for November 24, 2019, Feast of Christ the King

Sunday Readings: 2 Samuel 5.1-3; Colossians 1.12-20; Luke 23.35-43 Jesus was crucified with two criminals. One reviled Jesus, saying, “Aren’t you the messiah? Then save yourself and us.” The other criminal rebuked the first, saying, “Don’t you even fear God? … This man has done nothing wrong. Jesus, remember me when you come into yourContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for November 24, 2019, Feast of Christ the King”

Gift Idea from Good Ground Press

For the “What should I get her?” person on your list: new books on the holy women in the gospels of Mark and Luke. This is the gospel story in four simple bites — the woman and Jesus in art, a short commentary, suggestions of ways to connect these stories with our own lives, and prayer inContinue reading “Gift Idea from Good Ground Press”

Gospel Reflection for November 3, 2019, 31st Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Wisdom 11.22-12.2; 2 Thessalonians 1.11-2.2; Luke 19.1-10 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through the city. There was a man there named Zacchaeus, the chief tax collector and a wealthy man. He was trying to see who Jesus was but he could not see on account of the crowd, for he was shortContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for November 3, 2019, 31st Sunday Ordinary Time”

The Advent Names of God

  The O Antiphons are the Church’s prayer of longing for the coming of the Lord. These seven prayer cards are beautifully illustrated by Ansgar Holmberg, CSJ, with poems by Joan Mitchell, CSJ. They come in a case which converts into an easel. Only $15, which includes shipping. View a sample card at goodgroundpress.com. CallContinue reading “The Advent Names of God”