Monthly Archives: February 2019

  • 8th Sunday C

    Posted on February 25, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Integrated persons, words and deeds Introduction:  Today’s Scripture readings are full of sayings, some from the Old Testament or Hebrew Scriptures and some from the Gospel.  Sayings are common in various languages and cultures.  Spanish is full of “dichos”. Homily: The Gospel sayings portray a human Jesus deeply immersed in the culture of his time and drawing on the […]

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  • Seventh Sunday C

    Posted on February 17, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Radical Newness in Jesus Introduction:  Today’s Gospel presents us with perhaps the most difficult part of Jesus’ entire teaching.  But we have ways to deflect this teaching.  In the past when I’ve asked Congregations, “how many of you have enemies?”  Many say they do not have any enemies.  No enemies, no need to love enemies.     Some people say that these […]

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  • Sixth Sunday C

    Posted on February 9, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    On the Plain or on the Mount…. Introduction:  Today’s readings, the first, Psalm and Gospel offer us some contrasts.  In the First reading the contrast is between the cursed and the blest.  The Psalm contrasts the happy man and the wicked.  The Gospel contrasts the blessed and the woeful.  For the next three Sundays we will be hearing Luke’s Sermon on the Plain.  Today’s Gospel passage is an introduction; it […]

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  • 5th Sunday C

    Posted on February 9, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Holy, Holy, Holy Introduction:  Today’s readings present to us three people.  Each one has a different experience of God.  They are Isaiah, Paul and Simon.  Notice their different reactions to the experience of the holy.  Then notice how God the Holy One responds to them. Homily:      Each of these experiences of God takes place in a different place.  Isaiah experiences God in […]

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  • 4th Sunday C

    Posted on February 9, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    At home with whom? Introduction:  One of the ways that Luke looks at Jesus is to call Jesus a prophet.  We still have a tendency to think of a prophet as someone who foretells the future.  But a prophet is one who speaks on behalf of God.  Prophets are called to announce and denounce. Or another definition I like: […]

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  • 3rd Sunday C

    Posted on February 9, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Program of Action Introduction:     In each of the three readings today it seems we have a program for action.     1) The people of the first reading are called to listen attentively to the book of the Law.  The law has power to uplift and sustain.     2) Paul uses the metaphor of the body to teach people […]

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