Gospel Reflection for May 13, 2012, 6th Sunday of Easter

Jesus said, “There is no greater love than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15.13 Love is a verb.  Jesus isn’t talking about having friends but about being a friend.  Liberation theologians have a term for laying down one’s life—acompoñar. It doesn’t mean martyrdom, though that my happen.  It means accompanyingContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for May 13, 2012, 6th Sunday of Easter”

Gospel Reflection for May 6, 2012, 5th Sunday of Easter

Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches.  Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15.5 The image of the vine communicates the risen Jesus’ sustaining love for the Christian community.  Disciples tap into the common vein of lifeContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for May 6, 2012, 5th Sunday of Easter”

Gospel Reflection for April 29, Fourth Sunday of Easter

Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd.  Good shepherds lay down their lives for the sheep.” John 10.11 As John’s chapter 10 begins, Jesus talk in an elaborate figure of speech about sheep and shepherds.  Sheep know their shepherd’s voice; they won’t follow a stranger or a thief.  A shepherd leads a flock in andContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for April 29, Fourth Sunday of Easter”

A Gospel Reflection for April 22, Third Sunday of Easter

Jesus said, “Thus it was written and so it happened that the messiah is to suffer and rise from the dead on the third day.  In his name, repentance and forgiveness of sins are to be preached to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.  You are witnesses of these things. Luke 24.46-48 In this storyContinue reading “A Gospel Reflection for April 22, Third Sunday of Easter”

A Gospel Reflection for April 15th, 2nd Sunday of Easter

Jesus breathed on his disciples and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive people’s sins, they are forgiven them, if you hold them bound, they are held bound.” John 20.21-23 Jesus breathes the new life of the Spirit upon his disciples, just as in the beginning God breathed the spirit of life into theContinue reading “A Gospel Reflection for April 15th, 2nd Sunday of Easter”

Gospel Reflection for April 1st, Palm/Passion Sunday

Hosanna!  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Mark 11.9 Holy Week begins by celebrating Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem with palms and songs that express honor and praise.  In the Palm Sunday gospel and in the “Holy, Holy, Holy” at every Eucharist, Christians identify Jesus as the one who comesContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for April 1st, Palm/Passion Sunday”

A Gospel Reflection for March 25, 5th Sunday of Lent

Jesus said, “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 bear much fruit. Those who love their lives will lose them.  Those who hate their lives in this world will keep them to life eternal.”  John 12.24-25Continue reading “A Gospel Reflection for March 25, 5th Sunday of Lent”

Gospel Reflection for March 18th, 4th Sunday in Lent

Jesus said to Nicodemus, “God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world but so the world might be saved through him.” John 3.17 Jesus’ mission is not to condemn the world but to save it.  He calls us who believe in him to do likewise.  Like Nicodemus, we find thisContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for March 18th, 4th Sunday in Lent”

Gospel Reflection for March 11, 3rd Sunday of Lent

In the temple Jesus found people selling oxen, sheep, and doves, and money changers sitting at tables. Jesus made a whip of cords and drove them all out of the temple—sheep, oxen, money changers. He poured out their money and overturned their tables. He spoke to those selling doves, “Take these doves out of here.Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for March 11, 3rd Sunday of Lent”