Category Archives: Reflections on Sunday Gospels

  • 2 A Lent

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

    Second Sunday of Lent “A” Introduction:   The Image of a journey for our life is often times used. In today’s first reading, Abraham is called to go on a journey.  His attentiveness to the call of God is also followed by a number of promises.  In the Gospel we hear of a stopping off place on the journey […]

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  • 1 A Lent

    Posted on February 24, 2020 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    The reading from Genesis takes us into the Garden, the Gospel reading takes us into the desert. The issues are control and allegiance. Who will determine the actions of Adam, Eve, Jesus, me? The First reading  for the First Sunday of Lent takes us to the Garden (a literary device keeps the story moving) we meet the serpent, the woman and […]

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  • 7 A

    Posted on February 22, 2020 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

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

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  • 5th A

    Posted on February 8, 2020 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Short verses: 5: 13-16 salt and light         It is notable that Matthew begins each saying with “you are…”   As the first word of the sentence “you” is emphatic.The metaphors, as an aspect of discipleship, are already inherent in Jesus’ followers, not something they are to strive to become. These are words of blessing, but also words of […]

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  • 4 A

    Posted on February 1, 2020 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Feast of the Presentation of the Lord I need to point out that since this feast takes precedence over the 4th Sunday of the A cycle, we do not hear the Beatitudes found in Matthew 5:1-12a. The beginning of Luke’s Gospel draws parallels between Jesus and John, “the announcement of their births”; followed by their […]

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  • 3 A

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

    HOMILY                 There is a lot of moving going on in the first 4 chapters of Matthew’s Gospel. Places are important. Prior to this Matthew has situated Jesus in his genealogy, birth in Bethlehem, flight to Egypt, return to land of Israel, departs for Galilee, dwelt in a town called Nazareth, came from Galilee to John […]

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  • 2nd Sunday A

    Posted on January 18, 2020 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Getting to know myself, getting to know Jesus is a process. We began our church year with the season of Advent our preparation for Christmas. We then celebrated Christmas and the feasts which followed: Holy Family, Epiphany and the Baptism of Jesus.  Last week we heard the account of the Baptism of Jesus according to […]

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  • Advent 4 A

    Posted on December 21, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Learning from Joseph Introduction:  The infancy story as told by Matthew has some very different emphases than the story as told by Luke.  In today’s Gospel the person who comes to the forefront is Joseph. HOMILY:  Joseph is offered to us as an example.  As the story begins Joseph is presented with a dilemma.  His wife is pregnant and he […]

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    Advent 3 A

    Posted on December 14, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Introduction: Our First reading of this Sunday, known as REJOICE Sunday, give us an interplay between nature and human society.  About nature it says, “the desert…will bloom with abundant flowers.”  God’s providence extends to healing.  In today’s Gospel we hear: “John …sent a message through his disciples to ask Jesus, ‘are you ‘He who is to come’ or […]

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  • Advent 2 A

    Posted on December 14, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Introduction: The First Sunday of Advent gave us a general orientation to the season, looking back, looking ahead, and living now. Each Sunday of this Advent the first reading is from the book of the Prophet Isaiah. The Second and Third Sundays of Advent propose for us, one of the key persons of the Season, […]

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