Reflections on the Gospel

LIVING FROM THE HEART--reflection on Luke 2:41-51 Today is the second of the great “heart” feast days:  yesterday was the Sacred Heart, today, the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  There are many different ways to look at what “heart” means in the context of the scriptures.  It is most often seen as the place where love resides, the seat of our emotions and warmth, as in “I love you with all my heart.”  In today’s Gospel we get a little different picture.  Jesus wanders off from the caravan travelling home and sits in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking questions.  His responses astounded them because of his understanding.  You might say, he spoke to them from his...

ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH GOD: a reflection on Mark 10:17-27 Today’s young man in the Gospel was quite the person, wasn’t he?! Something tugged at his heart to go beyond, to go deeper. And so he approached this holy man that he had been hearing so much about and inquired of him what he should do now. Jesus certainly recognized the devotion and cast his gaze of love upon him. What the young man didn’t realize was that when Jesus looked, his gaze went all the way down. Deep down into the essence of this person he had created and in whom he had placed so much good and for whom he wanted so much good. The young man...

GLORY: Reflection on John 17:1 “Give glory to your Son that your Son may glorify you.” Glory. Who doesn’t want glory? But, as we all know, there’s glory and there’s Glory. Two very different paths to travel in this world, and choosing the true path will determine our happiness. There’s the idea of glory that we humans have that is shiny, and full of all that glitters. We succeed, we have all the right answers, we’re in control, or at least think we are. I’m reminded of a pack rat’s nest where you’ll find bits of tinsel, aluminum foil, anything that glitters, but doesn’t have real quality. It simply looks flashy to the poor pack rat. The glory that Jesus...

JUBILEE Jubilee. What does it mean when we say that word? Just what are we celebrating today? Let’s look at the word itself. Jubilee derives from the Latin jubilare, to shout with joy. Going back even farther in time, it comes from the Hebrew word, yobhel “jubilee”, formerly a trumpet made from a ram’s horn. The original jubilee was a year of emancipation of slaves and restoration of lands, and was announced by the sounding of the ram’s horn on the Day of Atonement. So you might say that it is a day of rejoicing, of calling the people together to celebrate God’s faithful love and action in the lives of his people. A time of freedom and coming home...