A Gospel Reflection for January 8, Epiphany

The magi were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house, found the child with Mary, his mother.  They prostrated themselves and did him homage.  Then they opened their coffers and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Matthew 2.10-11 Matthew’s learned Gentiles, the magi, discover through their study of theContinue reading “A Gospel Reflection for January 8, Epiphany”

Gospel Reflection for December 25, Christmas Day

The angel said, “You have nothing to fear!  I bring you good news, a great joy to be shared by the whole people for this day in David’s city a savior has been born to you, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2.10-11 Luke’s gospel and the Christmas Liturgy of the Word fill the storyContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 25, Christmas Day”

Gospel Reflection for December 18th, Fourth Sunday in Advent

The angel said, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.  You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.” Luke 1.30-31 To the angel’s greeting, Mary responds with wordless perplexity.  To Gabriel’s invitation to give birth to God’s Son, Mary questions, “How can thisContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 18th, Fourth Sunday in Advent”

Gospel Reflection for December 11, 3rd Sunday in Advent

John the Baptist said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Holy One.’” John 1.23 John the Baptist speaks in continuity with the prophets in Israel’s history.  In fact, Christian tradition hears in his preaching an echo of the voice of Second Isaiah who calledContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 11, 3rd Sunday in Advent”

Gospel Reflection for December 4th, 2nd Sunday in Advent

John the Baptist said, “I have baptized you in water; the one who is coming will baptize you in the Holy Spirit.” Mark 1.8 John the Baptist preaches repentance and has people who repent wash in water to symbolize their resolve to turn toward God.  Bathing washes away the sweat, dirt, and smell of pastContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 4th, 2nd Sunday in Advent”

Gospel Reflection for November 27th, First Sunday of Advent

Watch!  Stay awake!  You do not know when the appointed time will come. Mark 13.33 Like us, Jesus’ disciples in Sunday’s gospel want to know what the future will bring.  In Mark 13 they ask Jesus when the end will happen.  Jesus answers that no one knows when the end will be, not the day,Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for November 27th, First Sunday of Advent”

Gospel Reflection for November 20, Feast of Christ the King

The just ask, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you or see you thirsty and give you something to drink?  When did we see you were a stranger and welcome you or naked and give you clothing?  When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?” “I assure you,Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for November 20, Feast of Christ the King”

Gospel Reflection for November 13th, 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus said, “To those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing; even what they have will be taken away.” Matthew 25.29 The moral of this Sunday’s parable seems counter-intuitive to the Gospel messages to which we are most accustomed. What happened to “the lastContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for November 13th, 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time”

Feed My Starving Children: How you can help

Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor. Proverbs 22:9 That Bible verse is one of the rallying cries of Feed My Starving Children, a nonprofit organization founded in 1987 in Minnesota. Last night, Sister Joan was invited to join a crew of friends and family in volunteering to pack food forContinue reading “Feed My Starving Children: How you can help”

Simple Things to Know About the Gospels

Many people feel they don’t have enough knowledge of the bible to lead teen or adult faith-sharing groups. But Jesus teaches in stories, parables, and saying that almost all of us can understand. In fact, an ability to remember and narrate events develops in children as they start school. “And then, and then, and then,”Continue reading “Simple Things to Know About the Gospels”