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Scripture Reflection For 6th Sunday In Ordinary Time

Posted by Laura Leibfried on 2/11/21

In the Gospel today a leper approaches Jesus and begs him to heal him.  The leper would have heard about Jesus and the things he was doing.  The leper had faith that Jesus would be willing to help him.  Jesus was moved with pity for the leper and touched ... Read More »

Scripture Reflection For The Fifth Sunday In Ordinary Time

Posted by Laura Leibfried on 2/04/21

In the Gospel today, Jesus heals Peters mother-in-law.  Jesus does much more than healing someone's physical condition.  He also gives them spiritual strength, and invites them to greater union with God.  In the healing of Peter's mother-in-law we see reaised up to new life through the power of Jesus.

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Scripture Reflection For The 4th Sunday In Ordinary Time

Posted by Laura Leibfried on 1/28/21

St. Oscar Romero was an amazing man and a Moses figure for sure.  He saw God in the burning bush and brought the flame of Gospel faith to the poorest of the poor, challenging the evils of the society in which he lived.  He was tireless and persistent.  He ... Read More »

Scripture Reflection for The 3rd Sunday In Ordinary Time

Posted by Laura Leibfried on 1/20/21

In today's Gospel Jesus invites some disciples to follow Him.  He says that he will make them "fishers of men".  He has a plan for their lives that will steer them in a different direction.  They will have a special relationship with Jesus.  They will forever be changed by ... Read More »

Scripture Reflection For The 2nd Sunday In Ordinary Time

Posted by Laura Leibfried on 1/12/21

The Gospel is hard to follow.  We can intellectually debate whether what Jesus said is really what we are asked to do.  The Gospel ideas do not always make sense in our practical, secular world.  The person of God always does.  We can debate the practicality and sense of ... Read More »

Scripture Reflection For The Epiphany Of The Lord

Posted by Laura Leibfried on 1/12/21

A simple birth teaches us about God's tender wedded relationship with humanity.  It speaks to the expanse of God's salvation across the globe, and the incarnate Divine wonders and blessings that are a part of our life moment to moment.  It calls us to understand the design of world ... Read More »

Scripture Reflection For The Baptism Of The Lord

Posted by Laura Leibfried on 1/12/21

Baptism is so incredibly important for the salvation of humankind, not only eternally but here and now.  Our existence depends upon it.  It gives us the affirmation we need from God by gifting us with the same intimate relationship Jesus had with the Father.  We are blessed with the ... Read More »

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Laura Leibfried on 8/28/19

In the Gospel today Jesus tells a parable in which the first part of the parable is directed toward the guests attending the banquet.  Jesus noticed that many of the guests were trying to get the seats of honor.  Jesus puts it this way, “Everyone who exalts themselves will ... Read More »

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time - August 25, 2019

Posted by Laura Leibfried on 8/28/19

In this Sunday's Gospel, Jesus notes that it requires moral strength to enter the kingdom of God. It's not mere proximity to righteousness that saves. Rubbing elbows with the righteous is not the same as being truly holy ourselves. Unfortunately, we can have this attitude in many areas. It's ... Read More »

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time - August 18, 2019

Posted by Laura Leibfried on 8/28/19

Jesus is divisive.  We see this throughout the Gospels, as the Pharisees critique him, the Romans condemn him, and not everyone in the crowd is enthusiastic about his words. Jesus has not come for the purpose of dividing, but what he does is so radical that it upends the ... Read More »