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”

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”

2012 is the Year of St. Mark

Mark is the focus of 2012. The year 2012 is the year of Mark, Cycle B, in the Church’s cycles of scripture readings. The first to be written and the closest to oral traditions, Mark’s gospel originates in the watershed year A.D. 70, the year the Roman 10th Legion destroys the temple in Jerusalem, leaving notContinue reading “2012 is the Year of St. Mark”

“Unholy Spirits” and the Power of Prayer

January 27, 2012 by Claire Bischoff This week’s Gospel (Mark 1:21-28) describes Jesus commanding “an unholy spirit” to come out of a man. The people who observe this act wonder at the authority Jesus possesses, exclaiming that even the unholy spirits obey his word. Many people in the technological and scientific world of today mightContinue reading ““Unholy Spirits” and the Power of Prayer”