Gospel Reflection for December 25, 2014, Christmas/Holy Family

Christmas Readings: Isaiah 9.1-6; Titus 2.11-14; Luke 2.1-20 “The angel said, ‘You have nothing to fear.  I bring you good news, a great joy to be shared by the whole people.  For this day in David’s city a savior has been born to you, who is Christ the Lord.  Let this be a sign toContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 25, 2014, Christmas/Holy Family”

Gospel Reflection for December 7, 2014, 2nd Sunday of Advent

Sunday Scripture Readings: Isaiah 40.1-5, 9-11; 2 Peter 3.8-14; Mark 1.1-8 “One more powerful than I will come after me.” Mark 1.7 Like the prophet Elijah, John the Baptist haunt the wilderness. Like Elijah, who discovered God speaking not in storms and lightning but in silence, the Baptist in the silence of his wilderness lifeContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 7, 2014, 2nd Sunday of Advent”

Gospel Reflection for November 9, 2014, Dedication of Lateran Basilica

“For 46 years this Temple has been being built, and you are going to raise it up in three days?” John 2.20 In Sunday’s gospel Jesus cleanses the Temple.  The passage focuses on his prophetic actions, chasing out the animals for sacrifice, dumping the coins for paying Temple taxes, and overturning the money changers’ tables. Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for November 9, 2014, Dedication of Lateran Basilica”

Gospel Reflection for October 19, 2014, 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

“Whose image is this and whose inscription?” Matthew 22.20 In Sunday’s gospel Jesus confronts a worldview about who images God–Caesar or the human person.  Jesus insists we cannot keep separate our obligations to God and those to government.  God blesses and calls us to integrate the spheres of our lives and image the One whoContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for October 19, 2014, 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for October 12, 2014, 28th Sunday Ordinary Time

“I have prepared my banquet…everything is ready. Come to the feast.” Matthew 22.4 Christians today don’t catch on readily to Matthew’s allegory. For first-century Jews, both Christian Jews and rabbinic Jews, the Jewish-Roman war that destroyed the temple was a watershed event. Until then, rabbinic Jews who studied the Torah in synagogues and Christian JewsContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for October 12, 2014, 28th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for October 5, 2014, 27th Sunday Ordinary Time

“The kingdom of God…will be given to people that produce its fruits.” Matthew 21.43 We humans are like all tenants of Earth and like those in Sunday’s parable.  Our basest instincts are to draw everything to ourselves, the “owner” be damned.  God has given us a precious vineyard/planet/home, teeming with life and extraordinary resources, butContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for October 5, 2014, 27th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for September 28, 2014, 26th Sunday Ordinary Time

“Tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you.”  Matthew 21.31 Like all parables, Jesus’ parable of the father with two children invites hearers to judge themselves in making a judgement about the parable. The chief priests and elders see the first child as the one who does what the father (GodContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for September 28, 2014, 26th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for September 21, 2014, 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time

“These workers last hired have worked only one hour and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.”  Matthew 20.12 When the 11th-hour workers get a full day’s wage, the owner of the vineyard reorients the parable.  It is no longer about the wagesContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for September 21, 2014, 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for September 14, 2014, Exaltation of the Holy Cross

“Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.” John 3.14  Sunday’s gospel refers to Jesus’ crucifixion as a “lifting up.”  Being lifted up condenses within a single verb the whole paschal mystery—Jesus’ crucifixion and death,Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for September 14, 2014, Exaltation of the Holy Cross”

Gospel Reflection for August 31, 2014, 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

“Those who want to become my followers, let them take up their cross and follow me.” Matthew 16.24 Jesus recommends denying oneself and taking up our crosses in Sunday’s gospel.  This saying packs Jesus’ whole life into a single sentence.  Jesus does not follow God’s will only in carrying the cross.  He comes among usContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for August 31, 2014, 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time”