26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Numbers 11:25-29James 5:1-6Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 Jealousy In the first reading from Numbers and the Gospel of Mark jealousy rears its ugly head. The Lord shares some of the spirit that was on Moses with seventy-two of the elders of the community. Two who were not present also receive the same spirit. Immediately it is…

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Wisdom 2:12, 17-20James 3:16-4:3Mark 9:30-37  Ambition The gospel begins today with Jesus telling the disciples that he will be handed over to men and that he will die and rise on the third day. Even while he is sharing this most serious message, the disciples are not paying much attention because they are arguing who…

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Is 50:5-9aJas 2:14-18Mk 8:27-35 Suffering In today’s gospel Jesus asks his disciples who people are saying he is. They say in reply, “John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others one of the prophets.” He then asks them who they think he is. Peter says to him in reply, “You are the Christ.” This is correct…

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 35:4-7James 2:15Mark 7:31-37 Deaf and Blind I begin today’s reflection with almost the entire first reading from Isaiah. It sets the tone for the thoughts and feeling I have from the gospel. “Thus says the Lord: Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not! Here is your God,he comes with vindication;…

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Deuteronomy 4:1-2,6-8James 1:17-18,21b-22,27Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 Interior Motivation In the first reading Moses instructs the Israelites about the commandments. He tells them to, “Observe them carefully, for thus will you give evidence of your wisdom and intelligence to the nations, who will hear of all these statutes and say, ‘This great nation is truly a…

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Joshua 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18bEphesians 5:21-32John 6:60-69 Leaving or Staying For decades the Israelites have been traveling from slavery toward the promised land. As they approach the end of their journey Joshua asks the people, “If it does not please you to serve the Lord, decide today whom you will serve, the gods your fathers served…

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary TimeProverbs 9:1-6Ephesians 5:15-20John 6:51-58 Belief Picture yourself in the crowd of people gathered around Jesus. You are attracted to him and his teachings and impressed at the miracles he has performed. Then he says these words, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of…

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

1 Kings 19:4-8Ephesians 4:30-5:2Gospel – John 6:41-51 Hopefulness Has there ever been a time in your life when you felt less confident or hopeful, a time when you lost your enthusiasm or zest for life? This is what depression or discouragement is and how it tends to bring darkness rather than light to our lives….

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15Ephesians 4:17, 20-24John 6:24-351st Reading – Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15 Hunger Hunger is a terrible thing. Every night all over the world untold numbers of people go to bed hungry. The pangs of hunger are feelings that some children know on a daily basis. Parents go without their own food to feed their children….

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

2 Ephesians 4:1-6Kings 4:42-44John 6:1-15 Generosity In the first reading the prophet Elisha foreshadows Jesus by feeding a hundred people with twenty barley loaves and then has some left over. In the gospel we find the famous story of Jesus feeding a huge crowd with five barley loaves and two fish. These readings encourage us…