Category Archives: Reflections on Sunday Gospels

  • 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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  • Second Sunday of Year C

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

    John master of Symbolism The story of the wedding feast of Cana is only told in John’s Gospel.  A particular characteristic of John’s Gospel is his use of symbolism.  Many times the stories in John’s Gospel are working on several different levels of meaning. At a very basic level this is a story of Jesus accepting an invitation […]

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  • Epiphany

    Posted on January 3, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Genuine seekers  Introduction:  Today’s First Reading says:  “Your Light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you.”  The Light of the Star guided the Wise Men, the Light shone on the angels, God wants to let his light shine on us.  But in the midst of the guiding light of the Wise men there are the shadows of […]

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  • 4th Sunday of Advent

    Posted on December 20, 2018 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

     Mary, first Disciple Introduction:  Mary is the person presented to us to reflect on today. Homily:  Many times I’ve heard the story of the visitation of Mary to her relative Elizabeth.  Usually I have taken it to mean that Mary had a special experience of the Good news happen to her. She responded by going to be with her relative […]

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  • Advent 3 C

    Posted on December 20, 2018 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Advent inspires so much in me.  I get carried away a bit in what follows. 1)  I decided to begin with what I formally titled a P.S.  You might want to stay only with these thoughts. 2) I then reproduce an extended homily from a Claretion community web site. 3) To end I reproduce the […]

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  • Second Sunday of Advent “C”

    Posted on December 8, 2018 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    2nd Advent C Jesus, rigorist Messiah or One who eats with sinners Introduction: The main person, offered for our consideration, this second Sunday of Advent is John the Baptist.  He is featured next Sunday too. The prophet Baruch and the prophet John the Baptist speak of preparations being made.  Baruch makes a person out of Jerusalem and gives […]

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  • First Sunday of Advent “C”

    Posted on December 8, 2018 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    –Henri Nouwen ADVENT DOES NOT LEAD TO NERVOUS TENSION STEMMING FROM EXPECTATION OF SOMETHING SPECTACULAR ABOUT TO HAPPEN. ON THE CONTRARY, IT LEADS TO A GROWING INNER STILLNESS AND JOY ALLOWING ME TO REALIZE THAT HE FOR WHOM I AM WAITING HAS ALREADY ARRIVED AND SPEAKS TO ME IN THE SILENCE OF MY HEART. JUST […]

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