Gospel Reflection for September 16, 2018, 24th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 50.5-9; James 2.14-18; Mark 8.27-35 Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.”  – Mark 8.29 Jesus finally calls the question in chapter 8, the midpoint of Mark’s gospel. In a miracle just before Jesus asks this question, he has to try twice to open theContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for September 16, 2018, 24th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for August 13, 2017, 19th Sunday Ordinary Time

Scripture readings: 1 Kings 19.9,11-13; Romans 9.1-5; Matthew 14.22-33 “Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened. Beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his had and caught him.” – Matthew 14.29-30Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for August 13, 2017, 19th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Restoring Peace

The disciples were fishing, and a man on the shore told them to throw their net to the other side of the boat.”It is the Lord,” one said to Peter. It was the third time Jesus appeared to his friends after the resurrection in John. Although Peter had not initially recognized Jesus, he jumped intoContinue reading “Restoring Peace”

Gospel Reflection for April 10, 2016, 3rd Sunday of Easter

Sunday Readings: Acts 5.27-32, 40-41; Revelation 5.11-14; John 21.1-19 “Peter felt hurt because Jesus said to him a third time, ‘Do you love me?’ Peter said to Jesus, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep.’” (John 21.19) Peter and several of Jesus’ disciples make aContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for April 10, 2016, 3rd Sunday of Easter”

Gospel Reflection for February 7, 2016, 5th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 6.1-8; 1 Corinthians 15.1-11; Luke 5.1-11 “Simon put out his nets and caught so many fish that the nets began to break.” (Luke 5.6) Peter fishes all night without success. A miraculous catch of fish follows the next day in response to Jesus’ charge to put out into the deep water. TheContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for February 7, 2016, 5th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for September 13, 2015, 24th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 50.5-9; James 2.14-18; Mark 8.27-35 “Who do you say that I am?” (Mark 8.29) Mark’s gospel explores how the faith of Jesus’ disciples matures.  For all of us faith develops across the life cycle.  As children, our brains limit our understanding.  As adolescents, we share the faith  of our families, neighbors, andContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for September 13, 2015, 24th Sunday Ordinary Time”

We Are Only Human: An Odd Comfort

There are three scenes in this Sunday’s Gospel that give me an odd sort of comfort. The first scene takes place in the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus has gone to pray. We are not told this explicitly, but I get the sense that Jesus just needed to get away from it all at thisContinue reading “We Are Only Human: An Odd Comfort”

How To Claim Jesus Today

John 18: 1-27 tells the story of Judas betraying Jesus followed by Peter denying Jesus. Three time over, Peter, one of Jesus’ closest friends and disciples denies that he knows Jesus. It was an intense scene that was escalating – Jesus was being questioned by the high priest and started being beaten by the police.Continue reading “How To Claim Jesus Today”

On Fishing: An excerpt from Sunday by Sunday by Therese Sherlock, CSJ

My dad was a different man when he was fishing. If we dinged the car or hit a ball through a window, he would growl and shake his head as if to say, “How did I get such dumb kids?” But on the Mississippi River things were different. We anchored in some backwater and castedContinue reading “On Fishing: An excerpt from Sunday by Sunday by Therese Sherlock, CSJ”

Our Suffering God

Our Suffering God by ELLIE ROSCHER Christians claim that Jesus is simultaneously fully human and fully divine. This is a difficult concept to think about, a confusing notion to believe in. Many heresies in our Church’s history center around leaning away from the human/divine balance that Jesus carried in his being, some losing sight of his humanityContinue reading “Our Suffering God”