Wonder

The characters in Jesus’ story who have captured my imagination this week are the wise men, or magi, or kings. We think if these men as learned and wealthy, that with their titles and expensive gifts. They are not the type of folks we typically imagine packing up their things at the sight of aContinue reading “Wonder”

Gospel Reflection for October 6, 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus told the apostles, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this sycamore tree, 1Be uprooted and planted in the sea,1 and it would obey you.” Luke 17.6 Jesus’ saying about faith insists that faith can command a sycamore to be uprooted from the ground and replanted inContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for October 6, 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for August 18, 2013, 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus said, “I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!” Luke 12.49 The fire Jesus wishes were already kindled points to this challenge of Jews and Gentiles in Christ working together to reconcile divisions. Fire is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Early in Luke’s gospel JohnContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for August 18, 2013, 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for August 11, 2013, 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus said, “From those to whom much has been given, much will be required; from those to whom much is committed, how much greater the demand!” Luke 12.48 Luke admonishes those who are leaders in the Christian community, those who have been entrusted with the care of “the little ones.”  Their faith is to beContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for August 11, 2013, 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for August 4, 2013, 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus said, “Take care.  Avoid greed in all its forms.  For one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” Luke 12.15 In his gospel Luke urges us to see ourselves within a web of social relations, to stand in solidarity with those in need rather than alone like the rich fool.  Like God,Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for August 4, 2013, 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for Lent: How does the Holy Spirit work in our world?

In the gospel for the 1st Sunday of Lent the Holy Spirit leads Jesus into the wilderness, where he duels with the devil.  The Spirit fills Mary, Elizabeth, Zachariah, and Simeon before descending upon Jesus at his baptism and leading him into the desert.  All these activities culminate in Jesus’ first preaching, his inaugural addressContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for Lent: How does the Holy Spirit work in our world?”

Peace Be with You

via Peace Be with You. by Claire Bischoff In this Sunday’s Gospel (Luke 24:35-48), Jesus utters a seemingly simple greeting upon appearing to his disciples after his resurrection: “Peace be with you.” It is the same salutation we offer to others sitting around us at mass each week for the kiss of peace. Saying “peace be withContinue reading “Peace Be with You”