Yearly Archives: 2018

  • 27 B

    Posted on September 30, 2018 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Of Marriage and children. Our Gospel this Sunday presents us with the first of three encounters that Jesus has with different individuals.  This Sunday he encounters the Pharisees and the following two Sundays he will encounter a young man and then James and John.  Again we see that the emphasis is on teaching.  This section of Mark’s Gospel […]

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  • 26B

    Posted on September 30, 2018 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Outsiders who are in and insiders who are out. A theme sounded in Mark’s Gospel in different ways is:  “Outsiders can do good and insiders can do bad.”  It is announced clearly in today’s Gospel Passage. In today’s reading it is John (an insider) who comes off badly.  It isn’t just Peter who had difficulty and was rebuked by Jesus.  John represents […]

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  • 25B

    Posted on September 30, 2018 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    On the way but arguing.     Today we hear Jesus’ second announcement of his Passion and the response.   Three passion predictions, response to each and Jesus’ teaching are central to this section of Mark’s Gospel known as THE WAY.  Jesus asks them in today’s passage:  “What were you arguing about on the way?”             Mark […]

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  • 24B

    Posted on September 11, 2018 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    “A lot of rebuking going on.” Introduction:  This Sunday we hear from the middle section of Mark’s Gospel. Jesus is on the WAY.  He will be journeying from Galilee in the North toward Jerusalem .  But in this middle section there is not only a change of geography, there is a shift from miracle working to teaching.  Three announcements of […]

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  • 23B

    Posted on September 11, 2018 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    From somber warnings to saving deeds.       The Gospel last Sunday returned to our reading from Mark’s Gospel.  While last Sunday’s readings sounded somber warnings, today’s readings celebrate the saving deeds of God.      Mark’s Gospel is structured in a number of ways.  In broad strokes it has three parts, 1) The Galilee section heavy […]

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  • 22B

    Posted on September 11, 2018 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Inspired by letter or spirit?      This Sunday’s readings show how law or rules can work for us or against us. The first reading is an example of how law is to work for the people of Israel.  In the Gospel Jesus confronts laws that are working against People. The challenging newness of Jesus is certainly on display […]

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  • 21 B

    Posted on August 21, 2018 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    No Choice but to choose. INTRODUCTION:  The first reading and Gospel today are about choice, decisions.  The second reading comes from a time when women were not valued.  In this sense Paul’s words are an advance.  But some of his words are a reflection of his time rather than revelation:  “Wives be submissive to your husbands in everything.” To choose […]

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  • 20 B

    Posted on August 13, 2018 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Nourishment for body and spirit. Much advertising today has to do with the health of our bodies.  Bookstores are full of cookbooks; newspapers feature cooking pages.  Together with these books is the abundance of books dealing with overeating and dieting. Cooking shows are many on television. We must be concerned about our physical health, yet […]

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  • 19th B

    Posted on August 13, 2018 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Nourishment we know not. Introduction:  The first reading and Gospel today speak about nourishment.  In the first reading it is Elijah who needs to be nourished.  In the Gospel Jesus is trying to move the people beyond simply physical nourishment of bread to spiritual nourishment. In our passage today Elijah the prophet has fled in fear from Queen […]

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  • 18th Sunday B

    Posted on July 31, 2018 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    LOOKING FOR JESUS At the end of last Sunday’s Gospel the people wanted to make Jesus King. They had seen the loaves sign but they had not seen it in a believing but in a self-interested way. The faith-response of the crowd is deficient as they “look” for him for the wrong reasons.  (V. 26) Fascinated by […]

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