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 24, 2017, 4th Sunday of Advent

Sunday Readings: 2 Samuel 7.1-5, 8-12, 14-16; Romans 26.25-27; Luke 1.26-38 “Nothing is impossible with God.” – Luke 1.37 In Mary, the Most High overshadows and dwells in a human person, intensifying God’s presence among us. The same God who created all that is makes the impossible come to be in Mary, who is youngContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 24, 2017, 4th Sunday of Advent”

Poem of the Week

August 15 is the summer feast of Mary. Read this poem aloud to bring back to your heart all the ways we have learned to praise the Mother of God and our mother. Lines for a Feast of Our Lady by Alice Smith, CSJ What shall be added to your praises? The lip-worn, love-worn, heart-wornContinue reading “Poem of the Week”

Gospel Reflection for April 2, 2017, 5th Sunday of Lent

Scripture Readings: Ezekiel 37.12-14; Romans 8.8-11; John 11.1-45 Jesus said to Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” Martha said to Jesus, “Yes, Lord, I believe you areContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for April 2, 2017, 5th Sunday of Lent”

Gospel Reflection for January 1, 2017, Mary, Mother of God

Sunday Readings: Numbers 6.2-27; Galatians 4.4-7; Luke 2.16-21 “Mary pondered all these words in her heart.” – Luke 2.19 Sunday’s gospel about the shepherds visit to Mary’s child and offers only a single sentence about her. That sentence turns on the word pondered, in Greek the word if symballein. Ballein means to throw. Literally theContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for January 1, 2017, Mary, Mother of God”

The Times

Anyone who picked up the New York Times this morning saw the heartbreaking photo of a small, traumatized Syrian boy on the cover. Sister Ansgar, an artist, responded by creating a collage that put the child in the arms of Mary and gave him a mother for our prayerful contemplation. She found the photo ofContinue reading “The Times”

Making Room For Jesus

The season of Epiphany, this sacred time after Christmas, always brings me back to Mary, and how she made room in her life for Jesus. When she learned of the child growing inside of her, I imagine her having to rearrange her mind and heart a bit to make room for another person. She hadContinue reading “Making Room For Jesus”

God is With Us

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss herContinue reading “God is With Us”

Gospel Reflection for December 25 & 27, 2015, Christmas/Holy Family

Christmas Gospel Readings: Luke 2.1-14; Holy Family Readings: 1 Samuel 1.20-22,24-28; 1 John 3.1-2,21-24; Luke 2.41-52 “Mary gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the in.” (Luke 2.7) The child who is God’s joy for theContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 25 & 27, 2015, Christmas/Holy Family”

Mary’s Yes

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was muchContinue reading “Mary’s Yes”