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.
Scripture: Hebrews 3:7-14Mark 1:40-45 Reflection: When I read today’s Gospel, I think of and am struck by the faith of the leper. In his despair, in his loneliness, his aloneness, in his impossibly difficult situation, he seeks out the Lord, kneels before Him, and asks » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Hebrews 2:14-18Mark 1:29-39 Reflection: Whenever I hear this Gospel being proclaimed, I am reminded of our trip to the Holy Land and the Basilica of the Nativity in Nazareth. The Basilica is built over Peter’s house, or at least what was thought to be » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Hebrews 2:5-12 Mark 1:21-28 Reflection: No sooner is Jesus baptized than he begins his public ministry with two actions: he teaches and he cleanses a man with an unclean spirit. Mark tells us nothing about what Jesus said. What is important is the effect » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Hebrews 1:1-6Mark 1:14-20 Reflection: Mark’s gospel has no Christmas story, no manger or shepherds in Bethlehem, no Magi or star to lead them. And yet, the Christmas narrative is embedded within this gospel. It begins with the words: “The beginning of the good news » Continue Reading.
The Baptism of the Lord Scripture: Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7Acts 10:34-38Mark 1:7-11 Reflection: I’ve often wondered what made Jesus so compelling that people would quit their jobs, walk away from their families, and follow him. The suddenness with which this reportedly happened in scripture is probably » Continue Reading.
Scripture: 1 John 5:14-21John 3:22-30 Reflection: A Final Letter on the Epiphany This past week, for the first time in almost a year, I took the subway into Manhattan to run an errand. Wondering how things might be different I was recalling scenes from dystopian » Continue Reading.
Scripture: 1 John 4:19-5:4Luke 4:14-22a Reflection: Blessed are those servantswhom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself,have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them. -Luke 12:37 As a very young child I remember visiting » Continue Reading.
Scripture: 1 John 4:11-18Mark 6:45-52 Reflection: Recently I attended, online, the funeral of an 87-year-old Benedictine priest. At the solemn Mass of the Resurrection, in the monastery’s cavernous church, the masked monks sang these words from Psalm 119, verse 116, as they carried the simple » Continue Reading.