Gospel Reflection for April 21, 2019, Easter Sunday

Sunday Readings: Acts 10.34,37-43; Colossians 3.1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5.6-8; John 20.1-9 (10-18) Jesus said to Mary Magdalene, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,” which means Teacher. Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers andContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for April 21, 2019, Easter Sunday”

Gospel Reflection for August 6, 2017 Feast of the Transfiguration

Scripture Readings: Daniel 7.9-10, 13-14; 2 Peter 1.16-19; Mathew 17.1-9 “Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John and led them u on a high mountain by themselves. He was transfigured before their very eyes. His face became as dazzling as the sun, his clothes bright as light.  Suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared to them,Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for August 6, 2017 Feast of the Transfiguration”

An April Sonnet

As spring makes its way even into chilly Minnesota, we share this poem written by a favorite teacher at the College of St. Catherine. May you be blessed by the beauty around you.

Easter in This Life

“Hang on,” I wrote to my friend yesterday, “Easter is coming.” A lot of people close to me are suffering. A friend’s transplant match fell through. A high school sophomore is having dark thoughts of hurting himself. My dad got a cancer diagnosis and is waiting to hear more about the implications. A friend wasContinue reading “Easter in This Life”

Gospel Reflection for March 27, 2016, Easter Sunday

Sunday Readings: Acts 10.34, 37-43; Colossians 3.1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5.6-8; John 20.1-9 (10-18) Mary Magdelene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord.” (John 20.18) The act of raising Jesus from the dead reveals who God is — the one who gives life. By accepting death, Jesus reveals that God’s powerContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for March 27, 2016, Easter Sunday”

Gospel Reflection for March 22, 2015, 5th Sunday of Lent

Sunday Readings: Jeremiah 31.31-34; Hebrews 5.7-9; John 12.22-33 “The hour has come in which the Son of Man will be glorified. Amen, amen, I say to you, unless the grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone. But if it dies, it will be bear much fruit.” (John 12.23-24) In John’sContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for March 22, 2015, 5th Sunday of Lent”

Gospel Reflection for November 2, 2014, All Souls Day

“All that the Father gives me will come to me; no one who comes to me will I ever reject.” John 6.37 Death calls for faith. It is the ultimate threshold of human life beyond which we cannot see. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is the heart of Christian faith. The God who raised JesusContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for November 2, 2014, All Souls Day”

Resurrected Bodies

My memories of Easter are filled with clean, pressed pastel colored dresses and yes, even white spring hats with ribbons. The sun is shining in my memory, and everything feels new. I often think of the resurrected Jesus, then, similarly as glowing and pure like an angel. In Pastrix, Nadia Bolz-Weber disagrees: “Jesus didn’t look very impressiveContinue reading “Resurrected Bodies”

Going to Get Life

Winter in Minnesota is not for the weary. The cold wind will not relent. The snow continues to fall. By late February, I am whispering to myself, “This too shall pass.” When my spouse goes out of town for work, I make sure to get things on my social calendar to feed my extroverted side.Continue reading “Going to Get Life”