Scripture: Sirach 4:11-19 Mark 9:38-40 Reflection: In today’s Gospel reading, John comes to Jesus about a man who was driving out demons in Jesus’ name. John tells Jesus that they tried to prevent him because “he does not follow us.” I wonder if Jesus’ answer » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Sirach 2:1-11 Mark 9:30-37 Reflection: I had a flashback while reading today’s gospel story: “Taking a child, Jesus placed it in their midst, and putting his arms around it, he said to them, ‘Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Sirach 1:1-10 Mark 9:14-29 Reflection: We hold on, we hold on tighter August Wilson’s play, Fences, captured a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award, while the movie version also earned four Oscar nominations. It’s the story of a resentful sanitation worker who never made » Continue Reading.
Scripture: 1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23 1Corinthians 15:45-49 Luke 6:27-38 Reflection: Compassionate Love ~Luke 6:6 In today’s Scripture we have some of the most consoling lines in Luke’s Gospel! “Be children of the Most High, for He himself is kind “chrēstós” to the ungrateful (acharistos) and the wicked » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Hebrews 11:1-7 Mark 9:2-13 Reflection: In our Gospel reading for today, we hear the account in Mark’s Gospel of the Transfiguration of Jesus in the presence of the apostles Peter, James and John. These three get a glimpse of Jesus’ glorified self, and see » Continue Reading.
Scripture: 1 Peter 5:1-4 Matthew 16:13-19 Reflection: Today is the feast of the Chair of Saint Peter. Jesus himself handpicked his twelve apostles. Of those, Peter was chosen to lead them. The other Apostles did not challenge his authority as the head of the church » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Genesis 9:1-13 Mark 8:27-33 Reflection: Our readings today address the topic of: when is enough enough? It rises to the fore in the saga of Noah. It is also present in the incident presenting itself to Jesus and His apostles as the question of » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Genesis 8:6-13, 20-22 Mark 8:22-26 Reflection: Both scripture readings today present us with stories about living in a wounded world. The first, from Genesis, recounts the last half of the story of Noah. The forty days of rain have stopped and now Noah is » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Genesis 6:5-8; 7:1-5 Mark 8:14-21 Reflection: “ . . .and his heart was grieved.” Genesis 6:6; “Are your hearts harden?” Mark 8:17 Today’s readings invite us to take a good, long look into God’s heart, into the hearts of the disciples and into our » Continue Reading.