Reflections on the Gospel

September 19, 2021: A Reflection for the Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B Mark 9:30-37 Taking a child, he placed it in their midst, and putting his arms around it, he said to them, “Whoever receives one such child in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not be but the One who sent me. (Mark 9:37) Like a bright stream alive with music, you wash upon…

September 12, 2021: A Reflection for the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B Mark 8:27-35 Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. At this he turned around and, looking at his disciples, rebuked Peter and said, ‘Get behind me Satan.  You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.'  (Mk 8:32-34) Jesus, you speak the deepest, most sublime and difficult things to us…

Blessed are you who are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled. (Luke 1:42) Today we celebrate the assumption of Mary into the fulness of life in God – body and soul into heaven at the end of her life. In our love for you, Mary, we call to mind your privileges and they are indeed beautiful and great. But you speak…

July 25, 2021: A Reflection for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B Ephesians 4:1-6 John 6:1-15 There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what good are these for so many? (John 6:9) “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what good are these for so many?” In one sense, a very practical sense, your…

February 28, 2021: A Reflection for the Second Sunday of Lent, Year B Mark 9:2-10 … he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them. Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” (Mk 9:3, 8) Jesus, it was done unto to you. You…

February 21, 2021: A Reflection for the First Sunday of Lent, Year B Mark 1:12-15 The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert. (Mk 1:12) Into the desert. The Spirit drove you there, Jesus. From deep within, you experienced the imperative – for what? You are like us in all things but sin. Did you also, like us, feel the pull to connect with God and abide there? To descend…

February 14, 2021: A Reflection for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B Mark 1:40-45 Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him… (Mk 1:41) He sat by the side of the road, looking into the faces of the passers-by for some shred of recognition and maybe a coin or two that would provide sustenance. Most hurried by, eager to be as far as possible from…

February 7, 2021: A Reflection for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B Mark 1:29-39 Jesus approached her, grasped her hand her hand, and helped her up.  Then the fever left her.  (Mk 1:31) You hear our hearts, Jesus, even when we can’t find words.  Maybe it’s better that we don’t flood you with words…  Maybe we just need to come to you as we are:  poor, needy children…

January 31, 2021: A Reflection for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B Deuteronomy 18:15-20 1 Cor 7:32-35 Mark 1:21-28 I know who you are – the Holy One of God! (Mk 1:24b) Everything living has roots of one sort or another. We’re used to seeing it in the plant world: trees, grass, flowers, etc. Our thoughts, our emotions, our personal histories. All these have roots deep within us,…

January 24, 2021: A Reflection for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B Mark 1:14-20 Jesus said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men and women.” (Mk 1:17) The waves lapped against the shore as the two fishermen sat in their boat mending their nets. It was very familiar work and in this familiarity they found comfort. You might even say they found…