Gospel Reflection for January 17, 2021 – 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: 1 Samuel 3.3-10,19; 1 Corinthians 6.13-15,17-20; John 1.35-42 John the Baptist stood with two of his disciples, looking intently at Jesus walking by. “See the lamb of God,” John said. The two disciples followed Jesus. Noticing that they were following him, Jesus turned around and said to them, “What do you seek?” “Teacher, where do you stay?” Jesus said,Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for January 17, 2021 – 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Gospel Reflection for December 20, 2020 – 4th Sunday of Advent

Sunday Readings: 2 Samuel 7.1-5, 8-12, 14-16; Romans 16.25-27; Luke 1.26-38 “Here I am, God’s servant. Let it happen to me as you say.” – Luke 1.38 Mary, whose body becomes home to God, responds three times in Luke’s story of her call. Three times the angel Gabriel, God’s messenger, speaks to her. To the angel’s greeting, “Greetings, favored one, God isContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 20, 2020 – 4th Sunday of Advent”

Gospel Reflection for December 13, 2020 -3rd Sunday of Advent

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 61.1-2, 10-11; 1 Thessalonians 5.16-24; John 1.6-8, 19-28 John himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. “I baptize with water. Among you stand one whom you do not recognize, the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.” – JohnContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 13, 2020 -3rd Sunday of Advent”

Gospel Reflection for December 6, 2020 – 2nd Sunday of Advent

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11; 2 Peter 3.8-14; Mark 1.1-8 The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Prepare theContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 6, 2020 – 2nd Sunday of Advent”

Gospel Reflection for November 15, 2020 – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings: Proverbs 31.10-13,19-20, 30-31; 1 Thessalonians 5.1-6; Matthew 25.14-30 A man going on a journey summoned his servants and entrusted his property to them, according to the abilities of each. To one, he gave five talents; to a second, he gave two talents; to a third, one talent. Immediately the servant who received five talents investedContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for November 15, 2020 – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Harmony

I was lucky to have a mother who never stopped teaching, even on a shopping trip. – S. Joan “Now stay on the second note when I go up,” mother coached me. So for the 50 miles to St. Cloud in the car we kept singing, mother repeating, “When it’s spring time in the Rockies…”Continue reading “Harmony”

Gospel Reflection for November 1, 2020 – Feast of All Saints

Scripture Readings: Revelation 7.2-4,9-14; 1 John 3.1-3; Matthew 5.1-12 “Blessed are the poor in spirit; the reign of God belongs to them.” – Matthew 5.3 The beatitudes turn our assumptions about whom God blesses upside down. The eight sayings challenge us to live in ways quite contrary to profit-motivated values. The beatitudes expand in detail what theContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for November 1, 2020 – Feast of All Saints”

Gospel Reflection for October 25, 2020 – 30th Sunday Ordinary Time

Sunday Readings: Exodus 22.20-26; 1 Thessalonians 1.5-10; Matthew 22.34-40 “Teacher, which commandment of the law is the greatest?”  – Matthew 22.36 In the gospels of the fall Sundays, Jesus inhabits the temple courts, teaching and disputing questions with other Jewish teachers and officials. The issues — tenants, taxes, and this Sunday, which commandment of the 613 is greatest? As citizens thisContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for October 25, 2020 – 30th Sunday Ordinary Time”

Bible Study: The Gospel of Mark

In Advent this year (only 8 weeks away) we read from the Gospel of Mark. Mark’s gospel is the shortest; also the one written closest to Jesus’ time. This fall is the perfect time to start a Bible study with friends or parishioners. Sister Joan explores the stories and themes of Marks’ Gospel in 11 short chapters, makingContinue reading “Bible Study: The Gospel of Mark”

October 4, 2020 – 27th Sunday Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 5.1-7; Philippians 4.6-9; Matthew 21.33-43 “With that the tenants seized the son, dragged him outside the vineyard, and killed him. When the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” – Matthew 21.40 The vineyard workers in Sunday’s gospel are tenants. Like them, my family lived on someoneContinue reading “October 4, 2020 – 27th Sunday Ordinary Time”