Reflections on the Gospel

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 who are the Yes of the Father, received all things from him. All things, without argument, without contention. In today’s Gospel you give us a glimpse into a very private moment between you and the Father, one in which you invited Peter, James and John to experience. The time was...

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 deep within, to the Source of all being that is the Well-Spring of life and love, the Well-Spring whose name is Father. The Spirit drove you there. You were impelled to spend forty days and forty nights among the wild beasts and tempted by Satan. And as Scripture says, you...

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 the man whose sores and scabs shouted more loudly than his cry of “Unclean! Unclean!” He was a leper. He was literally ‘untouchable.’ It broke his heart that he had to carry a disease that made others shun him. “After all,” he would say to himself, “it’s not my fault...

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 who are trying to make sense out of mystery and our earthly sojourn.  Your heart carries our restlessness and our longing for shade and rest, even for just a little while. And so, here we are, each of us longing for your healing touch, your understanding heart. Jesus, you were...

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, too, as we all know. The world of the spirit has roots. Once we understand that we are incarnated spirit we can see the importance of living in touch with our deepest source. Going down to our roots. Today’s Gospel and first and second readings deal with our deepest and...

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 a certain feeling of security. They were fishermen by profession, and this is what you did after a catch. It was who they were, and it brought them food, livelihood and a sense of contentment that surely all their days would lap against the shore of life in peace just...

January 17, 2021: A Reflection for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B John 1:35-42 Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking for?” (Jn 1:38) Imagine following a stranger you had heard about and with whom you really wanted to speak, and that person turned, looked you in the eye and asked, “What are you looking for?” Quite the question! No wonder the disciples could only mumble an incoherent answer of: “Where are you staying?” It wasn’t exactly what Jesus was asking, but it was a start. And so Jesus invited them: “Come, and you will see.” Come, get to know me, follow me to where I abide. And then you...

January 10, 2021: A Reflection for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Year B Mark 1:9-11 You are my beloved Son . . .  (Mark 1:11b) It was among the first inspections when we began construction of our monastery. To look at the work that lay at our feet, you would wonder why you needed anyone at all to check out these deep trenches lined with re-bar. Yet, here stood the inspector with checklist in hand, poring intently over its depth, how the re-bar was tied together and a lot of other very unimpressive, to me, data. As the years have passed, I understand more and more how important these seemingly unimportant-looking channels really are. One of the...

January 3, 2021: A Reflection for the Feast of the Epiphany Matthew 2:1-12 Where is the newborn King of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage? (Mt 2:2) Where is the newborn king? That is the question that lies in the depths of every person. You have hardwired us to desire to find you in our depths and in all creation, Jesus. In the Gospel we hear it said, “Everyone is looking for you.” Indeed, everyone IS looking for God. God is the ‘true north’ on the compass of our hearts, if we really look into it. Some may not recognize this ‘true north’ as God, but every time we seek...

January 1, 2021: A Reflection for the Feast of Mary, Mother of God Luke 2:15-20 And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. (Lk 2:19) The December sky this particular night seemed to dance with stars. There was something in the night air that spoke of great things, things yet to be revealed. As the local shepherds made their way in the glimmer of these stars, a strange excitement drew them on. They were looking for a stable in Bethlehem where, of all things, they were to find a man and woman, taking shelter there. The woman, Mary, had just given birth to her first child and she and her husband Joseph took shelter in the...