Reflections for the Week of Sunday, September 16, 2018 Seventeenth after Pentecost
Gospel: Mark 8. 27-38. Jesus asks the question that we all must answer, “Who do you say that I am? Peter said, “You are the Messiah.” And Jesus began to teach them that He must undergo great suffering, be rejected by the elders et al and be killed, and after three days rise again. He […]
Reflections for the Week of Sunday September 9, 2018 Sixteenth after Pentecost
Gospel: Mark 7.24-37. This text includes two incidents. The first is outside of Israel when a mother pleads for her daughter who is ill with such humility and feeling that Jesus heals her though she is not an Israelite. The second is a miraculous healing of a deaf man. Jesus’ healing people of their diseases […]
Reflections for September 2, 2018 Fifteenth after Pentecost
Gospel: Mark 7.1-8, 14-15, 21-23. A commission from the Pharisees condemns Jesus’ disciples for violating the ceremonial law of purity. These rules were not part of the Mosaic law, but were ‘traditions of the elders’ ––i.e., man made rules. Jesus said to them it is not what goes into a man from outside that makes […]
Reflections for the Week of Sunday August 26 2018 Fourteenth of Pentecost
Gospel: John 6.56-69. Jesus says His flesh and blood are food and drink. Some of the disciples couldn’t accept it. But Jesus says, “It is the Spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless” (v. 63) Jesus asks the twelve if they wish to go away? But Simon Peter answered, “Lord to whom can we […]