Category Archives: Reflections on Sunday Gospels

  • Easter 5 C

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

    The cost of discipleship. Our Gospel passage today comes from the Last Supper section of John’s Gospel.  Judas had left them to go into the darkness, to go to hand Jesus over.  Just before that Jesus had washed their feet.  He came to serve and not be served. Now he simply tells us that we are to love […]

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  • Easter Sunday

    Posted on April 20, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Out of darkness into the Light     This Easter Sunday I would like to focus on the experience of three people, Mary Magdalene, Thomas, and Peter.  They each have something to teach us about ourselves, Jesus and the Resurrection.  We will look at their individual reaction to the death of Jesus,  Jesus’ individual reaction to each of them, and […]

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  • Palm/Passion Sunday “C”

    Posted on April 13, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Double Triumph. Introduction:  Today has two triumphs, triumphal entry into Jerusalem with the Palms and procession, the triumph of Jesus over death, sin, and darkness through his passion and death. Two qualitative commentaries on this Sunday’s Gospel I quote for me and for you: From Celebrate, March?April 2001 “There is a sense in which the passion of […]

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  • Lent 5 “C”

    Posted on April 1, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Live Newly Introduction:  Today’s liturgy focuses on leaving the past and beginning something new.  This idea is heard in all three readings.  In the first reading we hear God say:  “See I am doing something new.”  It speaks of God forming a people for himself.  The second reading speaks of something new in knowing “Christ and the power flowing from his […]

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  • Lent 4 “C”

    Posted on March 31, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    From Lost to the Loving Father Introduction:  Today’s Gospel story is the focus of this Sunday.  It is a story about a family.  It appears to be a single parent family (the mother is not mentioned).  It is difficult to know how long a time span it took for this story to take place.  It is a familiar story that […]

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  • Lent 3 “C”

    Posted on March 20, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Renewing graces. Introduction:  There is much to reflect on in this Sunday’s readings.  The first reading has the “burning bush” experience of Moses and Moses’ call.  The second reading reminds us that the signs given to the People in their Exodus experience didn’t touch some Israelites.  The same thing can happen to us.  In the Gospel we hear three different […]

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  • 2nd Sunday of Lent C

    Posted on March 11, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    LENT 2 ‘C’ Cross bearing and glory glimpsing Introduction:  This is Transfiguration Sunday,  there was a change in Jesus appearance, we must change more than appearances in our conversion process. Homily: God promises Abram descendants as numerous as the stars.  He also promises the Land. Paul tells the Philippians and us, “He will change our lowly body to […]

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  • 1st Sunday Lent C

    Posted on March 11, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    LENT      After 15 years as founder and director of the Mexican American Cultural Center in San Antonio, Virgilio Elizondo  went on to be pastor of San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio (I think the oldest cathedral in the U.S.)  He says: “As one parishioner told me, ‘I like to come to San Fernando because in hearing the words […]

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  • 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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