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…

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jeremiah 23:1-6Ephesians 2:13-18Mark 6:30-34 Change of Plans In the first reading from Jeremiah we are told that God “will appoint shepherds for [the people] who will shepherd them so that they need no longer fear and tremble; and none shall be missing.” This verse correlates with last Sunday’s reading when the disciples were sent out…

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Amos 7:12-15Ephesians 1:3-14 or Ephesians 1:3-10Mark 6:7-13 Simplicity “[God] chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him.” What a statement that is! It is found in the second reading from Ephesians. Notice the purpose for our creation – to be holy and without blemish. We…

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ezekiel 2:2-52 Corinthians 12:7-10Mark 6:1-6 Rejection Last Sunday the gospel was about Jesus healing the woman with a hemorrhage and bringing the daughter of Jairus back to life. In today’s gospel Jesus returns to his home village. On the Sabbath he goes to the local synagogue to read the scriptures and teach those present. The…

Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Wisdom 1:13-15, 2:23-24Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11, 12, 13Second Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15Mark 5:21-43 or 5:21-24, 35-43 Courage and Faith When the gospel is proclaimed Sunday the presider has a choice of a longer or shorter version of the reading. I am using the longer version because it includes the story of the woman with…

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fear and Faith Job experienced many storms in his life and some were devastating. In the midst of complaining to God, God answer him with questions. The questions point out the greatness of God’s creation and how all the wonders of the world are subject to God’s command. When we hear the gospel story we…

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ez 17:22-242 Cor 5:6-10Mk 4:26-34 The Kingdom of God The Easter season has ended. The liturgy for this Sunday is a return to Ordinary Time in the Church’s calendar. In the three synoptic gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Jesus uses parables to teach about the Kingdom of God. A parable is a short story to teach a lesson, usually about something spiritual. A…

Corpus Christi

Ex 24:3-7Heb 9:11-15Mk 14:12-16, 22-26 Eucharist This feast day is formally known as The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. In the first reading Moses received the commandments and comes to the people to ratify the covenant between God and them. “Taking the book of the covenant, he read it aloud to the people,…

The Most Holy Trinity

The Most Holy Trinity Dt 4:32-34, 39-40Rom 8:14-17Mt 28:16-20 Mystery Each year we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Trinity, June 7th this year. When we read the gospels, we find Jesus calling God his Father. Jesus often spoke about the Father who promised to send us the Holy Spirit. Here we find three persons,…

Pentecost

Acts 2:1-21 or Ezekiel 37:1-14Romans 8:22-27 or Acts 2:1-21John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 Were Not Our Hearts Burning within Us? There are several choices for readings for the feast of Pentecost. You may find it helpful to reflect on all of them. During the month of May we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, the end of the…