Gospel Reflection for April 3, 2016, 2nd Sunday of Easter

Sunday Readings: Acts 5.12-16; Revelation 1.9-11, 12-13, 17-19; John 20.19-31 Jesus breathed on his disciples and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” (John 20.22-23) Bible scholar Sandra Schneiders observes that the Greek word translated as retained above or sometimes boundContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for April 3, 2016, 2nd Sunday of Easter”

Gospel Reflection for April 27, 2014, Second Sunday of Easter

Jesus’ followers were hiding from the Jews when Jesus appeared to them. Jesus breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive people’s sins, they are forgiven them; if you hold them bound, they are held bound.” John 20.22-23 Easter is about transformation and action.  Jesus hands over to the community theContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for April 27, 2014, Second Sunday of Easter”

Gospel Reflection for May 19, 2013, Pentecost

Jesus said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them.  If you retain the sins of any, they are retained. John 20.22-23 The risen Christ sends us out into the world, empowers us with the Holy Spirit, and calls us to use our power according to his wayContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for May 19, 2013, Pentecost”