June 27, 2015

13th Sunday - B


Commentary

The Touch of Healing and Life

Jesus' touch restores he dignity of one woman and life and future for the other.

In the case of the adult woman, for twelve years, for hemorrhage has rendered her ritually (religiously) unclean, by the standards of the time. In addition to healing her, Jesus' touch reunites her to the community of God's people.

In the case of the girl, her short life, full of future promise, has been cut short. Jesus' touch restores her to life and to God's plan for her present and future.

What is keeping me from being the child of God that the loving Father created me to be?

Let us pray that Jesus Christ, who touches us with his words and his sacraments, restores us to that dignity given to us by the Father. May Christ's touch enable us to respond to the gift of the fullness of life to which the Holy Spirit is leading us.

13th Sunday - B (June 28, 2015)


Readings


June 6, 2015

Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ


Commentary

“Prepare”

A priest in our community, Fr. Jay, pointed out that the word “prepare” or “preparation” appears three times in this short passage. 

Jesus knows what he is about to do.  He prepares for it.  And he is ready for it.

The reading given to us in the lectionary skips verses 17 – 21, the verses where Mark recounts Jesus telling the disciples that one of them would betray him.  Jesus knows. [1]

And this passage continues in Mark with Jesus warning the disciples that their faith will be shaken, and that their leader, Peter, would deny him.  [2]

Yet, Jesus loves these very weak and broken disciples. 

He loves them to the point of giving his very life for them.  To them, he says, “This is my body,”  “This is my blood.”  What he now says in words, he will complete on the cross.

To us, the Lord continues to give this gift of love.  To us, he now says, “This is my body,” “This is my blood.”

He knows.  He prepares.  And he is ready.  Because he loves us.
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[1], [2]  Frank Moloney, This is the Gospel of the Lord: Reflections of the Gospel Readings, Year B. Homebush, NSW, Australia: St. Paul Publications, 1993.  

Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (June 7, 2015)


Readings


May 30, 2015

Most Holy Trinity - B


Commentary
Matthew 28: 16-20

I Am With You Always

At the beginning of the Gospel of Matthew, as Jesus came into the world, the angel told Joseph that Jesus was the fulfillment of the ancient prophecy.  "They shall name him Emmanuel, which means 'God with us.'" (Matthew 1: 22-23)

Today, as recorded by Matthew, we listen to the very last words Jesus spoke before he ascended to heaven, "Behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age."

The prophecy was and continues to be fulfilled in Jesus, God with us.

In Jesus, the Son, we humans come in touch with the divine reality.  And the One God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, is now with us always. 

Most Holy Trinity - B (May 31, 2015)


Readings

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May 23, 2015

Pentecost Sunday - B


Commentary
John 20: 19-23

Peace Comes with Forgiveness

To the disciples who are afraid, Jesus gives his gift of peace.

To the disciples who know they have denied and abandoned him, Jesus gives his gift of peace.


And the disciples are now empowered by the Holy Spirit to give that gift of God's peace through the gift of forgiveness. “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”