Category Archives: Reflections on Sunday Gospels

  • 14 A

    Posted on July 4, 2020 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    14th A Ordinary Time 07-05-2020 Cardinal Bernardin in his book the Gift of Peace, pp. 123-6 gives a powerful meditation on the words of Jesus in today’s Gospel. “On August 31, 1996, the day after I announced that the cancer had spread to my liver and was inoperable, I presided at a communal anointing of the sick […]

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  • 13 A

    Posted on June 28, 2020 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    13th Sunday of Ordinary time, A. What does my life say about what my baptismal certificate signifies?_     Introduction:   Today’s readings confront us with the question: What does it mean to be a disciple?  We get two broad answers to that question.  In the first reading we hear of the woman who receives the prophet and practices the virtue […]

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  • 12 A

    Posted on June 14, 2020 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    12th Sunday of Ordinary time A The cost of discipleship in mission. Introduction:  In today’s Gospel we hear from the 10th chapter of Matthew, his mission discourse.  In the course of this discourse he has been sending the apostles to continue his mission, but also telling them they will experience rejection as he did.  In the first reading we hear […]

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  • Corpus Christi Body and Blood of Christ

    Posted on June 14, 2020 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    CORPUS CHRISTI Some years back in preparing for this feast I asked several people what they think of when they hear the words Corpus Christi.  The answers were thought provoking. My brother in law told me that since he has been a Eucharistic minister he has noticed the incredible diversity of hands.  There are the hands of […]

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  • 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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