Today’s Gospel: John 15:9-17 – 6th Sunday of Easter The Gospel for today is a concise description of our new, glorious life in Christ. The Christian life is an incredible life, mind-boggling if we really stop for a moment and allow the truth about it to sink in. Jesus loves us, mere mortals, with the same depth…… Continue reading Mind-Boggling Love
Today’s Gospel: Luke 11: 29-32 Did you notice this Gospel reading opens when the crowds gathering around Jesus were actually increasing? Christ’s angry reaction to this growing number of followers is shocking at first glance. However, these people were really curiosity seekers, who were not humbly looking for the truth with open minds, but arrogantly…… Continue reading No Other Sign Will Be Given
We are not puppets. God gave us freewill to choose to act justly or not. That is the great mystery surrounding the question of evil in our world.
I do not want to simply rattle off this response at every Mass; instill trust in You in the very fabric of my soul.
Today’s Gospel: Matthew 5, 1-12a – All Saints’ Day Today is All Saint’s Day, a day Catholics celebrate because we have a basic understanding that there is a powerful spiritual communion between those of us on earth and those who have died and are now in heaven. Not all saints are known; many are hidden…… Continue reading All Saints’ Day Art and Refelctions
Do I study scripture with an open, humble mind, ready for the Spirit to reveal new insights, or am I closed, thinking that I already know everything about God and my faith?
Today’s Gospel: John 14:21-26 This gospel passage is a typical example from the Gospel of John—deep, with layers of meaning and odd, cryptic language which could easily lead us in circles of confusion. For example, “Whoever has my commandments and observes them.” The verb is not hears or listens but has, which really does not…… Continue reading Mystical and Mysterious: A Gospel Reflection for May 4, 2015
Gospel for March 4: Matthew 20:17-28 As Jesus and the twelve disciples head towards Jerusalem, there is a series of radical misunderstandings between the words that the disciples hear and the true meaning that Jesus is trying to help them grasp. Initially, Jesus tries to prepare them for His betrayal, horrific death, and subsequent Resurrection,…… Continue reading Gospel Reflection: We Don’t REALLY Get It.
Today’s Gospel: Matthew 7:21, 24-27 Today’s Gospel reading reminds us of what true discipleship means. “Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven,” Jesus tells us. This statement comes right after the Sermon on the Mount,…… Continue reading Let Me Build on ROCK
Matthew 14:22-36 , Jesus Walks on the Water Put yourself in the scene of today’s gospel. Waves are pounding a little wooden fishing boat as a storm rages all around you when suddenly, through the blowing wind and water spray, you see someone or something walking on the water towards you. Quite disconcerting, wouldn’t you say?…… Continue reading Peter ALMOST Walks on Water: Gospel Reflection for Aug. 4
Today’s Gospel: John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30 This section of scripture leaves me feeling irritated, almost as irritated as Jesus seems to be. Of course part of that frustration is because this was written by John who loves to talk in circles, leaving his readers hanging. At first glance this passage simply talks about Jesus moving around Galilee, not…… Continue reading From the Ashes of Defeat
Today’s Gospel: Mark 10:28-31 Today is Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. In keeping with tradition, some of us will devour pancakes and syrup, a last splurge before Lent. However, the Gospel reading leading up to Lent is much more sober. Peter reminds Jesus that the disciples have given up everything to follow…… Continue reading The Last Shall Be First
I am going to cheat somewhat today and combine a reflection I wrote for CatholicMom with Colleen’s Sabbath Moments because reflections are done in the quiet! Sabbath Moment Awareness of God. Welcome to Colleen’s meme hosted from Thoughts on Grace. Today’s Gospel: John 1:35-42 It is amazing, really, that John’s disciples simply hear their teacher announce that…… Continue reading A Gospel Reflection for Sabbath Moments