Third Sunday in Lent

Third Sunday in LentEx 20:1-171 Cor 1:22-25John 2:13-25 Bargaining The gospel for this third Sunday of Lent shows a side of Jesus we don’t see in any other reading. He is upset. He is angry. Jesus arrives at the temple in Jerusalem and sees a marketplace instead of a sacred place. Jesus takes a whip…

Second Sunday in Lent

Second Sunday in LentGen 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18Rom 8:31-34Mk 9:2-10 Choices The first reading from Genesis is a difficult one because we find Abraham believing that God wants him to sacrifice his beloved son Isaac. Child sacrifice was a reality at the time of Abraham and one practiced by his neighbors the Canaanites. Abraham is a…

First Sunday in Lent

First Sunday in Lent First Reading: Genesis 9:8-15 Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 Second Reading: First Peter 3:18-22 Gospel: Mark 1:12-15 Lent Ash Wednesday was the beginning of Lent. Every liturgical year the Church sets aside forty days of preparation for the most important feast of the year – Easter. Reading the Scripture, the…

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Compassion Lev 13:1-2, 45-461Cor 10:31-11:1Mark 1:40-451 Of all the readings from Scripture, the three from this coming Sunday most relate to the situation we have been and still are facing, Covid-19. How often are we warned about the importance of social distancing, not touching others, washing hands often, wearing a mask? This is similar to…

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Quiet Time In our readings for Sunday, we find the contrast of busyness vs inactivity. In the reading from Job 7:4, 6-7, we see Job complaining that he has had it with life because, in a sense, he is bored. He says, “I am filled with restlessness until the dawn.” This is understandable when we…

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Motivation In the first reading from Deuteronomy 18:15-20, God calls Moses to be a prophet who speaks to his own people for God. The words of Moses to the Israelites are to be the words of God. Moses is motivated to be the voice of God and not believe that his own words were what the people should…

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time The Unexpected

The readings from the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time are filled with challenges for us in the first month of 2021. In the first reading, God comes to the prophet Jonah and tells him to go to Nineveh (an enemy nation) to preach conversion from their wickedness. Unexpectedly, Jonah refuses and sails toward another area….

The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – The Call

The first reading for Sunday is from 1 Samuel 3:3-10, 19. It is the story of Samuel being called to be a prophet. Eli the priest and the young man Samuel are asleep in the temple. Three times Samuel thinks Eli is calling him. Each time he goes to Eli he is told to go…

Baptism of Jesus

The opening lines of the Gospel of Mark for Sunday announce the mission of John the Baptist. “John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sin.” What John is teaching is that one must let go of attitudes and actions that are contrary to the message of…

Epiphany

My blogs for 2021 will be based on the readings for the Sunday liturgy. I encourage you to read and reflect on them today or tomorrow before the mass. On this first Sunday of the New Year we celebrate the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus the Christ. It’s on this Feast of the Epiphany that we…