Gospel Reflection for December 23, 2018, 4th Sunday of Advent

Sunday Readings: Micah 5.1-4; Hebrews 10.5-10; Luke 1.39-45 “Blessed is she who trusts God’s words to her will be fulfilled.” – Luke 1.45 The Advent gospels lead us toward Christmas with thoughts of Jesus’ coming in glory and with John the Baptist’s urgent preaching to repent. Those of us who have not yet agreed to let God’sContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 23, 2018, 4th Sunday of Advent”

Gospel Reflection for December 16, 2018, 3rd Sunday of Advent

Sunday Readings: Zephaniah 3.14-18; Philippians 4.4-7; Luke 3.10-18 The crowd asks John the Baptist, “What should we do?” Let people with two coats give to people who have none. People who have lots of food should do the same.” – Luke 3.10-11 Crowds are listening to John the Baptist scold his hearers because they come seeking baptism,Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 16, 2018, 3rd Sunday of Advent”

Gospel Reflection for December 9, 2018, 2nd Sunday of Advent

Sunday Readings: Baruch 5.1-9; Philippians 1.4-6, 8-11; Luke 3.1-6 “A herald’s voice in the desert cries out: ‘Make ready a road for God. Clear a straight path for God. Every valley shall be filled; every mountain and hill shall be leveled.’” – Luke 3.4-5 John the Baptist heralds the turning point in history by which much of theContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 9, 2018, 2nd Sunday of Advent”

Gospel Reflection for July 22, 2018, 16th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Jeremiah 23.1-6; Ephesians 2.13-18; Mark 6.30-34 “As he went ashore, Jesus saw a great crowd. His heart is moved with pity for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. He began to teach them many things.” – Mark 6.34 In Sunday’s gospel the twelve return from the mission to preach andContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for July 22, 2018, 16th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for December 4, 2016, 2nd Sunday of Advent

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 11.1-10; Romans 15.4-9; Matthew 3.1-12 Two family trees figure in Sunday’s readings: the children of Abraham and Sarah hear God’s call, go to a new land, and await a child who will be the first of descendants as countless as the stars. Faith in God’s promise is their DNA. The descendants ofContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 4, 2016, 2nd Sunday of Advent”

Gospel Reflection for January 10, 2016, Baptism of the Lord

Sunday Scripture Readings: Isaiah 40.1-5, 9-11; Titus 2.11-14, 3.4-7; Luke 3.15-16, 21-22 “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Luke 3.16) After the exile in Babylon many people return to the land of Israel, rebuild their city and temple, and revive their worship. Then Greek and Roman conquerors arrive, threatening the templeContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for January 10, 2016, Baptism of the Lord”

Gospel Reflection for December 13, 2015, 3rd Sunday of Advent

Sunday Readings: Zephaniah 3.14-18; Philippians 4.4-7; Luke 3.10-18 “Crowds of people came to hear John the Baptist and seek the baptism of repentance he proclaimed. They asked ‘What shall we do?’ In reply John said, ‘Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.’” (Luke 3.10-11)Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 13, 2015, 3rd Sunday of Advent”

Gospel Reflection for December 6, 2015, 2nd Sunday of Advent

Sunday Readings: Baruch 5.1-9; Philippians 1.4-6, 8-11; Luke 3.1-6 When people heard John, they remembered what was written in the book of the prophet Isaiah. A herald’s voice in the desert cries out, “Make ready a road for God. Clear a straight path for God. Every valley shall be filled; every mountain and hill shallContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 6, 2015, 2nd Sunday of Advent”

Gospel Reflection for January 18, 2015, 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: 1 Samuel 3.3-10,19; 1 Corinthians 6.13-15,17-20; John 1.35-42 John the Baptist points out Jesus to two of his disciples, Andrew and another. They  follow Jesus, who turns, sees them, and ask what they are looking for.    Andrew said to him, “Teacher, where are you staying?” Jesus said to them, “Come and see.”Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for January 18, 2015, 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for December 14, 2014, 3rd Sunday of Advent

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 61.1-2,10-11; 1 Thessalonians 5.16-24; John 1.6-8, 19-28 “Among you stands one whom you do not know.” John 1.26 John the Baptist refuses to apply people’s expectations of the messiah to himself.  He anticipates one greater than he is coming.  He testifies to the light.  He insists that “Among you stands one whomContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 14, 2014, 3rd Sunday of Advent”