August 5, 2020

Reflection for OS19, Sunday August 9, 2020

Gospel passage, Matthew 14.22-33.  Jesus walks on water.

The story of the walking on water follows that of the loaves and fishes.  After the miracle and the clean up when the fragments left over fill twelve baskets, Jesus sends...

July 31, 2020

Reflection for OS18, Sunday August 2nd, 2020

Gospel Reading, Matthew 14.13-21. The miracle of the loaves and fishes.

The traditional place where Jesus fed the 5000 is an attractive bay on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.  There is a convent nearby and the nuns manage the...

July 23, 2020

Reflection for Sunday, July 26, 2020, OS17

Epistle Passage: Romans 8.26-39

This reflection brings us to the end of Romans chapter 8, and Paul’s teaching on the work of the Holy Spirit.  In this passage Paul concentrates on two parts of the Spirit’s work.

First, the Spirit...

July 17, 2020

Reflection for Sunday, July19, 2020, OS16

Epistle Passage: Romans 8.12-25

Last week we read about the Holy Spirit as our moral guide. Today’s reading carries the teaching forward. We are debtors in the sense that we have an obligation to live by the Spirit.  This spiritu...

July 10, 2020

Reflection for Sunday, July 12, 2020, OS15

Epistle Passage, Romans 8. 1-11

We pass this week to the work of the Holy Spirit, and in particular to his work of moral guidance. The battle against sin passes into a consideration of Christian ethics. In this regard our behavi...

June 19, 2020

Reflection

Study on the Epistle, Romans 6.1-11

There are a number of occasions in Paul’s letters where he seems to be answering specific questions addressed to him, to which he proceeds to respond.  The opening sentences of our passage provide a good example of this.  “W...

June 12, 2020

Today’s Epistle passage is from Paul’s Letter to the Romans, 5.1-8.  This is a very dense piece of theology.  Some readers feel Paul’s theology is too complex, but what he writes has been carefully thought out and expressed with appreciation for the memorable phrase an...

June 5, 2020

Reflection for Trinity Sunday
 

Trinity Sunday sums up the Mighty Acts of God from Good Friday through Passiontide, the Crucifixion and Resurrection, the Ascension and the descent of the Holy Spirit.  Trinity Sunday also shows the Mighty Acts as the work of the three Pe...

May 28, 2020

Reflection for the Day of Pentecost, May 31, 2020.

When Jesus taught the crowds He used broad, general principles and avoided laying down rules like the Scribes and Pharisees.   The Beatitudes are a good example of Jesus’ method – Blessed are the poor in spirit – Blesse...

May 22, 2020

Reflection for the Sunday after Ascension
 

Thursday of this week is Ascension Day, commemorating the end of the resurrection appearances.  It was necessary for Jesus to help the disciples to understand that He would no longer be a physical presence with them on earth....

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