Browsing Scripture Reflection by Father Steve

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Melissa Tittle on 9/19/17

“Then Peter approached and asked him, ‘Lord if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?’ Jesus answered, “I say to you not seven times, but seventy seven times.” (Matt 18:21-22) Jesus is saying that a person must forgive all the time.

To emphasize the importance of mercy and forgiveness, Jesus gives the parable of the unforgiving servant. The king took pity on his servant and cancelled a debt that would be impossible to pay. The surprise comes when the same servant refuses to forgive a small debt from one of his own debtors. The problem is that the servant was never filled with gratitude for the mercy shown to him by the king. He thought he had out-smarted the king. The servant didn’t appreciate the mercy given to him, and so he wasn’t able to offer mercy to others. The point here is that God has already forgiven a debt we could never repay. Mercy is God’s gift, and we should share it gratefully. ... Read More »

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Melissa Tittle on 9/11/17

 

“Amen I say to you, if two of you agree about anything for which they are to pray it shall be granted them by my heavenly Father. For where two or three are gathered in my name there I am in their midst.” (Matt 18:20-21) Jesus is emphasizing ... Read More »

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Melissa Tittle on 8/29/17

 

“From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must suffer and die and on the third day be raised, “(Matt 16:16). Jesus is saying that his coming death and suffering will have purpose and significance. In Peter’s mind however, Jesus shouldn’t have to suffer ... Read More »

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time- Do not Fear

Posted by Melissa Tittle on 8/14/17

Scripture Reflection

 

The Gospel today shows us another example of placing our faith and trust in Jesus. He had told the disciples to get in the boat and precede him to the other side of the lake. While in the boat, a storm came up causing wind and ... Read More »

Transfiguration Sunday

Posted by Melissa Tittle on 8/09/17

Scripture Reflection

“Jesus took Peter, James and John and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them.” (Mt 17:1)

Today we celebrate the Transfiguration of the Lord. “Transfiguration” means to change in appearance. In the Gospels, there are a number of events which ... Read More »

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Michelle Covey on 9/26/16

Scripture Reflection 

 

In the Gospel today, Jesus emphasizes that faith is not about quantity. Faith is about more than teachings and beliefs. It also involves trust and commitment directed toward the Lord. The point Jesus is making is that faith is a powerful thing. It’s not a matter ... Read More »

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Michelle Covey on 9/26/16

Scripture Reflection 

 

Today in the Gospel we have the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. A contrast  is set up between the rich and the poor. The rich man and the poor man live in entirely different circumstances. The rich man had everything he needed and the ... Read More »

May 29, 2016-The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Posted by Michelle Covey on 5/24/16

     Chapter six of the Gospel of John is sometimes referred to as the “bread of life” discourse. Jesus reveals himself as the living bread. He gives himself for the life of his people. Jesus’ words show how God continues to provide for his people.

     The feast of ... Read More »

8-April 17, 2016-Fourth Sunday of Easter

Posted by Michelle Covey on 4/11/16

“My sheep hear my voice; I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish,” (John 10)

         The image of the Good Shepherd is one  that has brought comfort and also challenge to God’s people. Seeing Jesus as the shepherd is ... Read More »

7-February 21, 2016 First Sunday in Lent

Posted by Michelle Covey on 2/15/16

“Jesus took Peter, James and John and went up the mountain to pray. While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothes became dazzling white.” Lk 9:28-29.

 This episode in the Gospel of Luke is referred to as the Transfiguration. The literal meaning of the word ... Read More »