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

We might call this Sunday the “Sunday of the widows.” The story of a widow was also told in the first reading, the widow of Zarephath who gave up all she had left to eat (a handful of flour and a drop of oil) to prepare a meal for the prophet Elijah.

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08/11/2018 · Lascia un commento

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

Truly, loving God, more than a commandment, is a privilege, a concession. If one day we find him, we will not cease to thank God for commanding us to love him and we will not desire to do anything else but cultivate this love.

02/11/2018 · Lascia un commento

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

Bartimaeus is someone who does not miss an opportunity. He heard that Jesus was passing by, understood that it was the opportunity of his life and acted swiftly. The reaction of those present — “and many rebuked him, telling him to be silent” — makes evident the unadmitted pretension of the wealthy of all times.

25/10/2018 · Lascia un commento

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

After the Gospel on riches, this Sunday’s Gospel gives us Christ’s judgment on another of the great idols of the world: power… Our minds — the thoughts of the heart — can become a kind of throne on which we sit to dictate laws and thunder against those who do not submit to us

18/10/2018 · Lascia un commento

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

“Nothing is impossible for God,” says Scripture, and also: “Everything is possible for the one who believes.” But the world says: “Everything is possible for the one who has money.”

11/10/2018 · Lascia un commento

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

What is important is that one must understand that in this process of tears and repairs, of crises and surmounted obstacles, marriage is not exhausted, but is refined and improves. I perceive an analogy between the process that leads to a successful marriage and one that leads to holiness. 

05/10/2018 · Lascia un commento

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

One of the apostles, John, saw demons cast out in the name of Jesus by one who did not belong to the circle of disciples and forbade him to do so. On recounting the incident to the master, he is heard to reply: “Do not forbid him … For he that is not against us is for us”

28/09/2018 · Lascia un commento

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

In service all benefit from the greatness of one. Whoever is great in service, is great and makes others great; rather than raising himself above others, he raises others with him. Alessandro Manzoni concludes his poetic evocation of Napoleon’s ventures with the question: “Was it true glory? In posterity the arduous sentence.”

21/09/2018 · Lascia un commento

Gospel reflection for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Regrettably we must state that Peter’s error has been repeated in history. Also certain men of the Church, and even Successors of Peter, have behaved at certain times as if the Kingdom of God was of this world and should be affirmed with the victory (if necessary also with arms) over enemies

13/09/2018 · Lascia un commento

Gospel reflection for the 23th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

We are deaf when we shut ourselves in, out of pride, in an aloof and resentful silence, while perhaps with just one word of excuse or forgiveness we could return peace and serenity to the home.

07/09/2018 · Lascia un commento

Gospel reflection for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

The evangelists would not have retained these harsh words of the Master if he had not understood the perennial relevance of the risk of introducing into the Church this hypocritical worship and the danger of equating the law of God with the traditions of humans.

30/08/2018 · Lascia un commento

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

There’s something that Peter doesn’t forget: «You have the message of eternal life». He feels that Jesus’ words aren’t empty or deceitful words. Alongside of Jesus they have discovered life anew. His message has opened for them a life eternal. Where could they find better news of God?

23/08/2018 · Lascia un commento

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

The experience of «live in» Jesus and allow Jesus to «live in» us can transform our life at its root. This mutual interchange, this intimate communion, difficult to express in words, constitutes the true relationship of the disciple with Jesus. This is what it means to follow him, sustained by his very life-force.

16/08/2018 · Lascia un commento

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mary—the “handmaid of the Lord”—is presented today to all believers not as a privileged one, but as the most excellent model, as the sign of destiny that awaits every person who believes “that the Lord’s word would come true” (Lk 1:45).

14/08/2018 · Lascia un commento

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

According to John’s story, Jesus repeats each time more openly that he comes from God to offer everyone a food that gives life eternal. The people can’t keep listening to something so scandalous without reacting. They know his parents. How can he say he comes from God?

09/08/2018 · Lascia un commento

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

When they heard his words, those people of Capernaum cried out from the depths of their hearts: «Sir, give us that bread always». With our wavering faith, we sometimes don’t dare to ask for such a thing. Perhaps we only worry about the food for each day. And sometimes just for ourselves alone.

02/08/2018 · Lascia un commento

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

Of all the things done by Jesus during his prophetic activity, the most remembered by the first Christian communities was surely a huge meal organized by him out in the countryside, near the lake of Galilee. It’s the only story recounted in all the Gospels.

27/07/2018 · Lascia un commento

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.

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 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

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

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