Browsing the 2018 archive of Scripture Reflection by Father Steve

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dee Maahs 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 Dee Maahs 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 Dee Maahs 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 Dee Maahs 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 Dee Maahs 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 Dee Maahs 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 »

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ

Posted by Dee Maahs on 6/04/18

Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Body and Blood of Christ. This celebration offers us an opportunity to reflect on what we believe about the gift of the Eucharist which Jesus gave to the Church. We can say that the Lord is present in various ways. ... Read More »

Pentecost Sunday

Posted by Dee Maahs on 5/21/18

Jesus said to them, “As the Father has sent me so I send you; he then breathed on them and said, ‘receive the Holy Spirit’ (Jn 20).

Today the Church celebrates the Feast of Pentecost. It marks the beginning of the Church. The gift of the Holy Spirit which ... Read More »

7th Sunday of Easter

Posted by Dee Maahs on 5/14/18

7th Sunday of Easter- Ascension of the Lord


“So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the Father. They went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them, “(Mark 16: 19-20).

The Ascension ... Read More »

4th Sunday in Lent

Posted by Dee Maahs on 3/12/18

“For God so loved the world that he gave his Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish, but might have eternal life” (Jn 3:16). The passage from the Gospel today begins by saying that Jesus must be “lifted up”, so that everyone who believed in ... Read More »