Browsing Scripture Reflection by Father Steve

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Posted by Melissa Tittle on 4/15/19

Jesus warns us in the Gospel of Matthew, "If anyone wished to come after me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me." It is an invitation to a way of life, and a plan that leads to holiness.  But make no mistake, it is a ... Read More »

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Posted by Melissa Tittle on 4/15/19

I never judge another's motive when they choose to give to or support a cause.  However, I hear many times a criticism levied against seemingly rich people who start a fundraiser and ask the rest of us to give: "Since they have so much money, they could simply give ... Read More »

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Posted by Melissa Tittle on 4/02/19

The Gospel of Luke presents God's mercy as something that cannot be earned or deserved. It is given freely as grace.

In this very familiar parable, the younger son left his family and wasted his inheritance.  He shamed himself and his family and ended up in a desperate situation.  ... Read More »

Third Sunday of Lent

Posted by Melissa Tittle on 3/27/19

This Lent you are planting seeds in your spiritual life in hopes of growing them into something beautiful and meaningful.  However, you have been trying this approach now for many years, and it is hard to say that much has grown during all that time.  You could take a ... Read More »

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Melissa Tittle on 9/24/18

Today in the Gospel we hear Jesus speaking to his disciples about His suffering and death. Some of what Jesus says is similar to last week’s Gospel. In both cases the disciples don’t understand. They do not yet grasp Jesus’ true mission.

Further in the Gospel reading, the disciples ... Read More »

23rd Sunday In Ordinary Time

Posted by Melissa Tittle on 9/10/18

In the Gospel today, people bring a man to Jesus with a couple impairments; he couldn’t hear or speak. The people who brought the man to Jesus believed that He could heal him. They believed that Jesus would bring the power of God for healing of body and soul. ... Read More »

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Melissa Tittle on 9/04/18

 

In the Gospel today, Jesus is addressing the actions and attributes of the Pharisees. It begins with the Pharisees confronting Jesus about how some of His disciples weren’t observing some of the purity rituals. The point here is that external observances or rituals can’t substitute for internal conversion. ... Read More »

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Melissa Tittle on 8/27/18

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

The Gospel today continues with Jesus teaching on the bread of life. This teaching wasn’t accepted by all who heard it. Some people failed to grasp or believe what He was saying. Belief in Jesus requires the invitation of the Father and acceptance ... Read More »

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Melissa Tittle on 7/03/18

In the Gospel today, we see two events in which people turn their suffering to a moment of faith when they experience the mercy of Jesus. In the case of Jairus, his daughter became ill and he looked to Jesus for help. He puts his faith in Jesus. His ... Read More »

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Melissa Tittle on 6/19/18

 

Many of the parables in the Gospel of Mark are about seeds. The parables contrast the smallest of seed with the large size of the final sized result. This is the way Jesus chose to teach about the kingdom of God. The kingdom is seen as a mystery ... Read More »