Browsing Scripture Reflection by Father Steve

The Ascension of the Lord - Seventh Sunday of Easter - June 2, 2019

Posted by Laura Leibfried on 7/03/19

Where did he go? Many times when we think of those who have died, we imagine escape from this world to a purely spiritual place. Jesus' Ascension can leave us in a place of confusion. What happens to Jesus? And why does this matter to us?  The Ascension has ... Read More »

Sixth Sunday of Easter - May 26, 2019

Posted by Laura Leibfried on 7/03/19

The Hebrews saw God as intimately involved with the fate of their people. But for all His care, God was still distant to most. He spoke through prophets and was represented in blazes of fire and pillars of cloud. Priests offered animal sacrifice to atone for the nation's sins. ... Read More »

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Posted by Laura Leibfried on 5/17/19

Jesus' love is generous. He was always available to the crowds and to being interrupted by people in need. He invested time in his disciples and patiently taught them about the kingdom of God. The love of Jesus is also courageous. He encountered many people deemed less worthy of ... Read More »

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Posted by Laura Leibfried on 5/09/19

“My sheep hear my voice; I know them and they follow me. I givethem eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can takethem out of my hand.” (John 10)The image of Jesus as a shepherd is one of the most belovedimages in the Church. It’s fairly similar ... Read More »

Third Sunday of Easter

Posted by Laura Leibfried on 5/09/19

The Gospel today presents another resurrection appearance ofJesus. The disciples see Jesus on the shore but they didn’trecognize him immediately. Jesus is aware that the discipleshad caught nothing , but he still encourages them to cast the netfor a catch. He says to Peter, “It is the Lord.” When ... Read More »

Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy)

Posted by Laura Leibfried on 5/09/19

Of all the gifts God has given us, time and family are at the top of the list to be cherished. Also, both are finite gifts. Our family members will not walk in this world forever, and each day that slips away cannot be restored. Still, we build up ... Read More »

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Posted by Laura Leibfried 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 Laura Leibfried 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 Laura Leibfried 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 Laura Leibfried 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 »