Monthly Archives: May 2020

  • Trinity Sunday

    Posted on May 30, 2020 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    TRINITY SUNDAY revised Matthew 28:16-20 is chosen as the Gospel for the Feast of the Trinity because of the formula of Baptism: “…in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit..” This formula has been troubling to scholars and some have claimed that Matthew’s formula is a later intrusion […]

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  • Pentecost

    Posted on May 30, 2020 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    The first reading speaks to our senses: EARS “a noise like a strong driving wind,” EYES “Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,: TOUCH “which parted and came to rest on each one of them. I would have expected that after experiencing these things  we would hear about how they felt. No mention of fear […]

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  • Ascension

    Posted on May 23, 2020 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Ascension May 24 2020 –     The Gospel for this Sunday is only 5 verses. But it offers us much for reflection.  Vs. 16 “The eleven disciples…” recalls the tragic defection of Judas Iscariot.     “…to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them.” Mountains play a significant role in Matthew’s Gospel: Mountains play a significant role […]

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  • Easter 6 A

    Posted on May 16, 2020 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

        A friend of mine began his homily for this Sunday ( a number of years ago) with these words: “For me, personally, Jesus never spoke more tender, affirming, and consoling words than the one’s we hear in today’s gospel when he addresses his disciples before his execution.  Those words are now addressed to us, his […]

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  • Easter 5 A

    Posted on May 16, 2020 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    The reading from the Acts of the Apostles is one that captures something of our experience.  Disciples are “complaining.”  The King James Version says, “there arose a murmuring (”The Greek word is gogusmos.)  Listen to how that word sounds and you get a sense of what was going on.  As human beings and disciples we are […]

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  • Easter 4 A

    Posted on May 2, 2020 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Good Shepherd Sunday On an early morning in Israel I sat atop a little hill reading the scriptures and pondering some of the new meanings coming from actually walking the land that Jesus walked.  A slight movement on the gentle slope across the valley from the hill where I was caught my attention.  I only […]

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