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Gospel reflection for the XVI Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

In the Church we need to learn to gaze at the people as Jesus did: catching on to the suffering, the loneliness, the confusion or the isolation that many suffer. Compassion doesn’t spring from paying attention to norms or remembering our duties. It awakens in us when we look attentively at those who suffer.

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19/07/2018 · Lascia un commento

Gospel reflection for the XV Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

When he sent them, Jesus doesn’t leave his disciples abandoned to their own power. He gives them his «power», which isn’t a power to control, govern or dominate others, but his power to «cast out evil spirits», free people from what enslaves, oppresses and dehumanizes them.

12/07/2018 · Lascia un commento

Gospel reflection for the XIV Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Jesus isn’t a Temple priest, busy about taking care of and promoting religion. Nor does anyone confuse him with a Teacher of the Law, dedicated to defend the Torah of Moses. The Galilean villagers see in his healing actions and in his words of fire the actions of a prophet moved by God’s Spirit.

05/07/2018 · Lascia un commento

Gospel reflection for the XIII Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

The scene is surprising. Mark the Evangelist presents an unknown woman as a model of faith for the Christian communities. From her they can learn how to seek Jesus with faith, how to reach a healing contact with him, and how to find in him the energy to begin a new life, full of peace and health.

28/06/2018 · Lascia un commento

Gospel reflection for the Birth of John the Baptist (B)

Today, as we celebrate the birth of John the Baptist, we are remembering someone who was called by God to deliver a message and a man who took this mission very seriously.

21/06/2018 · Lascia un commento

Gospel reflection for the XI Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Sooner or later, we Christians will feel the need to return to what’s essential. We will discover that only the power of Jesus can regenerate faith in the de-Christianized society of our day. Then we will learn to sow the Gospel with humility as the start of a renewed faith

15/06/2018 · Lascia un commento

Gospel reflection for the 10th. Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

X Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B Mark 3:20-35 The cost of being a disciple of Jesus today In the gospels there are many different images and titles used … Continua a leggere

08/06/2018 · Lascia un commento

Gospel reflection for the Feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus (B)

‘Believe what you see, see what you believe and become what you are, the Body of Christ. When we say ‘amen’ we are saying, Yes, I believe this is the Body and Blood of Jesus and I will become the Body of Christ for others’.

01/06/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflection for Trinity Sunday (B)

Today is not the day to try and explain how three goes into one! The Feast of the Trinity is not a matter of facts, figures and numbers. The Trinity is a sacred mystery that we are called and invited to experience in our heart.

25/05/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflection for Pentecost Sunday (B)

As we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, the season of Easter reaches its final climax.  This Sunday we celebrate and experience the powerful outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the whole church and on all those who call themselves disciples and followers of the risen Lord.

18/05/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflection for the 7th Sunday of Easter – Ascension of Jesus (B)

As we mark and celebrate the Ascension of the Lord, the saying, ‘all good things come to an end’ never sounded more suitable or appropriate.

10/05/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflection for the 6th Sunday of Easter (B)

John says today, “Wherever there is love, there is God”. He does not say, “Wherever there are Christians, there is God” or “Wherever there is a Christian church, there is God”. But, wherever there is a person filled with real agape-love for others, God is there.

04/05/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflection for the 5th Sunday of Easter (B)

When Jesus calls God the vinedresser, he is describing God in terms of his relationships and attitude as well as his actions in the lives of his followers and disciples. Just as the vinedresser his totally committed to the vine and the grapes, God is totally committed and dedicated to each of us.

27/04/2018 · Lascia un commento

World Day of Prayer for Vocations

In the diversity and the uniqueness of each and every vocation there is a need to listen, discern and live
this word that calls to us from on high and, while enabling us to develop our talents, makes us instruments of salvation in the world and guides us to full happiness.

20/04/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflection for the 4th Sunday of Easter (B)

TODAY IS KNOWN AS GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY because, in each year of the liturgical cycle on this 4th Sunday, the Gospel is always taken from the 10th chapter of John where Jesus speaks of himself as the “good shepherd”.

20/04/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflection for the 3rd Sunday of Easter (B)

The announcement of the resurrection of Christ is effective and credible only if the disciples can, like the Master, show people their hands and their feet marked by works of love.

12/04/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflection for the 2nd Sunday of Easter (B)

It is often said of one who shows some distrust “You’re unbelieving as Thomas.” Yet, in hindsight, he seems to have done nothing wrong: he only asked to see what others had seen. Why demand only from him a faith based on word?

06/04/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflection for Palm Sunday (B)

Generally, when we read the story of the passion and death, we look at Jesus and the suffering he had to endure. But it is worthwhile, at least once, to also look at the disciples and see how they reacted to the cross and how the cross impacted on their lives, for the cross is the measure for comparison!

22/03/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflection for the 5th Sunday of Lent (B

In a sense, this Fifth Sunday of Lent is a synthesis of all the motifs we will see during the celebrations of Holy Week. The text from Jeremiah sums up the results of the New Covenant signed by the blood of the new and final Paschal Lamb.

15/03/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflection for the 4th Sunday of Lent (B)

Today’s Gospel reading is taken from the dialogue between Jesus and Nicodemus as reported in the first chapters of John’s Gospel. Jesus takes Nicodemus where he is on his journey and leads him further. Exactly what He does with us when we come to Him in our own darkness.

09/03/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflection for the 3rd Sunday of Lent (B)

In our fragment from John’s Gospel, the context is different from that of the Synoptics. Although it is set at the time of Passover, it does not take place in Jesus’ “last week,” just before his death, but at the very beginning of his ministry.

02/03/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflection for the 2nd Sunday of Lent (B)

This Sunday is extremely rich, enabling us to discover hidden nuances of past celebrations and glimpse the end and purpose of Jesus’ mission. Just in case we are frightened by Lenten penance, Jesus’ shining face will provide us with a bit of solace

22/02/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflection for the 1st Sunday of Lent (B)

I have not checked the entire list, but I am sure this is the Sunday with the shortest Gospel in the whole Lectionary, just four verses. And although it is traditionally known as the “Sunday of Jesus’ Temptations,” the subject is dealt with in just two verses! T

15/02/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflection for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Mark’s chapter 1 and the first section of Ordinary time each end with another sign of Jesus’ authority over sickness and the power of evil. To be more precise, the cleansing of the leper is the last of a series of Jesus’ transgressions.

08/02/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflection for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

In last Sunday’s Gospel Mark announced, right at the beginning of his Gospel, what would be two of the important aspects of Jesus’ activity: healing and preaching of the Good News. Today, he mentions them again, but add another ingredient of Jesus’ life: his long hours in prayer.

01/02/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflection for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) Mark 1:21-28: “What is this? a new teaching with authority.” Lectio Before we go ahead with our Lectiones, we must underline a fact that, … Continua a leggere

26/01/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflection for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

he passage opens with a brief introduction wherein Jesus goes in the villages of the Galilean mountains and preaches the gospel. “The time is fulfilled—he said—and the kingdom of God has come; Repent and believe the gospel” (vv. 14-15).
This is the first sentence he says and it is the synthesis of all his message.

18/01/2018 · 1 Commento

Reflection for the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Before taking up readings from the Gospel of Mark for Year B, the Lectionary lingers for one more Sunday on the introduction to Jesus’ public life. The First Reading and the Gospel find a certain unity around the idea of “vocation”. 

12/01/2018 · Lascia un commento

Baptism of the Lord (B)

One day, Jesus also appeared among the sinners. He came from Galilee, the region inhabited by Israelites believed to be semi-pagans by the religious aristocracy of Jerusalem. He went down into the water along with the sinners to show his desire to share their condition. He was beside them accompanying them in their exodus from slavery to freedom.

05/01/2018 · Lascia un commento

EPIPHANY OF THE LORD

The Magi thus personify all those who believe, those who long for God, who yearn for their home, their heavenly homeland. They reflect the image of all those who in their lives have not let their hearts be anesthetized.

03/01/2018 · Lascia un commento

Reflection for the Feast of the Holy Family (B)

There would have been tears, I think.  If Simeon had waited all those years for the Lord, if Anna were a widow and so advanced in age, they would have shed tears when the saw the Infant King, certainly when they were allowed to hold him.

28/12/2017 · Lascia un commento

Reflection for the 4th Sunday of Advent (B)

With her “fiat” (yes), Mary conceived Jesus under her heart. With our fiat we conceive Him in our hearts. Mary teaches us to say the great word “Yes, fiat, O Lord, thy will be done.”

21/12/2017 · Lascia un commento

Reflection for the 3rd Sunday of Advent (B)

Opening the Word: Rejoice always.
We cannot yet see the Lord, but we celebrate the fact that union with him is our eternal destiny 

14/12/2017 · Lascia un commento

Reflection for the 2nd Sunday of Advent (B)

Second Sunday of Advent – Year B Mark 1:1-8 Something More Important Than Success We wait for him, yet we go out into the wilderness to find him. We wait … Continua a leggere

07/12/2017 · Lascia un commento

Reflection for the 1st Sunday of Advent (B)

First Sunday of Advent (B) Mark 13:33-37 BE ON WATCH, BE ALERT! 33 Be on watch, be alert, for you do not know when the time will come. 34 It … Continua a leggere

01/12/2017 · Lascia un commento

Lectio of Christmas 2014

Lectio of Christmas 2014 File PDF   Christmas 2014 – Lectio File Word Christmas 2014 – Lectio SOLEMNITY OF THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD MIDNIGHT MASS Homily of Pope Francis 1. “The … Continua a leggere

22/12/2014 · Lascia un commento

Sunday’s Lectio

Lectio Divina with the Sunday Gospel Feast of Christ the King – Year A Matthew 25:31-46 For today’s  feast of Christ the King,  the Church chose a gospel passage which … Continua a leggere

22/11/2014 · Lascia un commento

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