Scripture: Jonah 3:1-5, 101 Corinthians 7:29-31Mark 1:14-20 Reflection: Lord is Close One of the most precious gifts we have from God is His wonderful closeness to us. The first words of Jesus in Mark’s Gospel are: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Hebrews 9:2-3, 11-14Mark 3:20-21 Reflection: Have you ever been misunderstood? When I reflect on the sufferings of Jesus, there are of course, the physical sufferings: the scourging, the crown of thorns, and most of all, the cross. Then there is the emotional pain: the » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Hebrews 8:6-13Mark 3:13-19 Reflection: There was an old military ballad that began with the lyrics: “Give me ten men who are stout-hearted men, and I’ll soon give you ten thousand more…” I had four uncles who had all served during World War II so » Continue Reading.
Photo credit: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore. Scripture: Hebrews 7:25-8:6Mark 3: 7-12 Reflection: “To do your will, O my God, is my delight…” Psalm 40: 9 Everyone wants to have some delight in their lives. The Psalmist writes that doing God’s will brings peace and » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Hebrews 7: 1-3, 15-17Mark 3: 1-6 Reflection: This Gospel text always saddens me. I find it sad because it tells the story of people who have become so angry and frightened by their “enemy” that they’ve lost a true sense of their humanity. » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Hebrews 6:10-20Mark 2:23-28 Reflection: Then Jesus said to them, “The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath. That is why the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.” Mark 2:28. One of the more classic lines in novels, movies, » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Hebrews 5:1-10Mark 2:18-22 Reflection: “…new wine is for fresh skins…” Why do your followers not…doesn’t that sound familiar? A typically human response – we want everyone to do as we do, to think as we think, we want life to follow along “same old, » Continue Reading.
Scripture: 1 Samuel 3:3-10, 191 Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20John 1:35-42 Reflection: If you ever find yourself saying, “Sorry I missed your call,” today’s first reading is for you. In this well-known story of the call of Samuel, we see that God can call at any moment, » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Hebrews 4:12-16Mark 2:13-17 Reflection: This periscope is a typical vocation story. Jesus comes upon a Tax Collector called Levi. The observers are startled that Jesus would be seen with such a person. The reason for this is that tax collectors receive this job with » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Hebrews 4:1-5, 11 Mark 2:1-12 Reflection: Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd, they opened up the roof above him. After they had broken through, they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying. This parable begs the question what » Continue Reading.