Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Gospel Reflection - Cycle A - 1st Sunday of Lent

My weekly reflection on the Sunday Gospel reading. In this video, I reflect on Matthew 4:1-11, the Gospel reading for 1st Sunday of Lent in Cycle A, exploring the following topics:

- The significance of 40 in the Bible.
- How we calculate the 40 days of Lent.
- The dynamics of temptation.
- The three temptations of Jesus highlight how we are tempted in daily life.
- The tempter seeks to get Jesus to abandon his mission by getting him to use his divine powers for himself and to grasp prematurely at the glory and power that he will receive in the due course of time.
- Jesus reverses the dynamics of the temptation of Adam and Eve.
- 5 ways we can resist temptation in our lives.

You can find the text of the Gospel reading for the 1st Sunday of Lent in Cycle A at the USCCB website.


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Gospel Reflection - Cycle A - 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

My weekly reflection on the Sunday Gospel reading. In this video, I reflect on Matthew 5:38-48, the Gospel reading for 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time in Cycle A, exploring the following topics:

- Jesus is the new lawgiver.
- The injunction "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth" put a limit on retribution.
- Jesus goes further, instituting a whole new way of conduct.
- Three interpretations of not resisting evil done to us.
- Jesus tells us to return love for evil.
- Jesus offers the ultimate example of returning love for evil through his sacrifice on the Cross.
- We are to strive for being as perfect as our heavenly Father, not through our own strength, but through the help of Christ.

You can find the text of the Gospel reading for the 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time in Cycle A at the USCCB website.


Saturday, February 15, 2020

Gospel Reflection - Cycle A - 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

My weekly reflection on the Sunday Gospel reading. In this video, I reflect on Matthew 5:17-37, the Gospel reading for 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time in Cycle A, exploring the following topics:

- Jesus comes to fulfill the Law.
- Jesus discusses three key factors that can undermine the healthy functioning of society: anger, sexual sin, and untruthfulness.
- Anger blocks God's grace in our lives, gives power over us to those who hurt us, and can get us into worse harm than what we are reacting to.
- Adultery undermines the family, which is the building block of society.
- Jesus challenges the sexual double standard of society, holding men to the same standards.
- The words of Jesus challenge the sexual addictions of our society.
- Discussion of Catholic teaching regarding divorce and annulments.
- The swearing of oaths should not be used to cover up untruthfulness. We must live our lives so that others can trust that our words are true and that our actions are in good faith.

You can find the text of the Gospel reading for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time in Cycle A at the USCCB website.


Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Gospel Reflection - Cycle A - 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

My weekly reflection on the Sunday Gospel reading. In this video, I reflect on Matthew 5:13-16, the Gospel reading for 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time in Cycle A, exploring the following topics:

- Importance of salt in the ancient world.
- Difference between modern kitchen salt and the salt used in ancient times.
- Keeping pure, like salt.
- The light of the world: The mission of the Israelites and the mission of the Church.
- We are to be Christ in the world.
- Are our good deeds to be seen or hidden?
- Comment on the misattributed St. Francis quote about evangelization.
- The good deeds Jesus is talking about are rooted in the Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount.
- We are to reorient our lives on Christ, and the service of others modeled by Christ.

You can find the text of the Gospel reading for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time in Cycle A at the USCCB website.

You can find the text of the Gospel reading for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time in Cycle A at the USCCB website.


Gospel Reflection - Cycle A - Presentation of the Lord

My weekly reflection on the Sunday Gospel reading. In this video, I reflect on Luke 2:22-40, the Gospel reading for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in Cycle A (which supersedes the 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time this year), exploring the following topics:

- Traditional end of the Christmas season.
- Presentation of the Lord and the Exodus.
- The perpetual virginity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
- The Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
- The poverty of St. Joseph and the Virgin Mary
- Jesus is the fulfillment of the law and the prophets.
- The celebration of Candlemas.
- Simeon foretells the role of Jesus as Messiah.
- The Virgin Mary shares in the suffering of Christ in a unique way.
- The patient prayer of Simeon and Anna is an example for us.
- Anna shows the importance of both fasting and praying.
- How did Jesus grow?
- Are our feast days at least as important to us as Super Bowl Sunday is to our country?

You can find the text of the Gospel Reading at the USCCB website.