Friday, March 27, 2020

Gospel Reflection - Cycle A - 5th Sunday of Lent

My weekly reflection on the Sunday Gospel reading. In this video, I reflect on John 11:1-45, the raising of Lazarus, the Gospel reading for the 5th Sunday of Lent in Cycle A, exploring the following topics:

- Belief in Resurrection at the time of Jesus.
- The last of the seven signs of Jesus.
- The fulfillment of the messianic signs.
- The difference in reanimation, resuscitation, and resurrection.
- The remaking of Creation.
- The inadvertent prophecy of Thomas.
- Keeping the door open to God's grace.
- The sacrifice of Lazarus.
- The dynamics of God's grace.
- Entering into Passiontide.

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


Thursday, March 19, 2020

Gospel Reflection - Cycle A - 4th Sunday of Lent

My weekly reflection on the Sunday Gospel reading. In this video, I reflect on John 9:1-41, the healing of the blind man, the Gospel reading for the 4th Sunday of Lent in Cycle A, exploring the following topics:

- Archaeological support for the Gospel of John.
- Is illness a consequence of personal sin?
- The miracles of Jesus point toward the ultimate restoration of the natural world.
- The Gospel of John vs the Gnostics.
- What is the Sabbath?
- Blindness vs seeing: Many refuse to see despite the evidence being right before them.
- The cost of discipleship: The world attacks us when we receive the grace of God.
- Responding to Christ with worship.
- Being sent to proclaim the Good News.

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



Saturday, March 14, 2020

Gospel Reflection - Cycle A - 3rd Sunday of Lent

My weekly reflection on the Sunday Gospel reading. In this video, I reflect on John 4:5-42, the Samaritan woman at the well, the Gospel reading for 3rd Sunday of Lent in Cycle A, exploring the following topics:

- The third Sunday of Lent is the beginning of the time of the Scrutinies.
- Jesus leads us into the fullness of truth.
- Who were the Samaritan and why were they hated?
- Jesus breaks social taboos to reach out to the Samaritan woman.
- The symbolic layer of meaning in this passage: Jesus, the Messianic bridegroom calls the Samaritans too into the new marriage covenant with God.
- Symbolism of the well and of water.
- How Jesus transforms the Samaritan woman's life.
- Worshiping in spirit and truth.
- What does Jesus mean that his food is to do the will of the one who sent him?
- How do the words of Jesus bear on the debate regarding faith vs works?

You can find the text of the Gospel reading for the 3rd Sunday of Lent in Cycle A at the USCCB website.


Sunday, March 8, 2020

Gospel Reflection - Cycle A - 2nd Sunday of Lent

My weekly reflection on the Sunday Gospel reading. In this video, I reflect on Matthew 17:1-9, the Gospel reading for 2nd Sunday of Lent in Cycle A, exploring the following topics:

- The account in this Gospel is called the Transfiguration.
- The Transfiguration is one of a series of theophanies in the Gospels.
- Overview of the theophanies in the Gospels.
- The role of mountains in the Old Testament and the New Testament.
- Jesus is the new lawgiver.
- Peter experiences a foretaste of heavenly glory and would like to stay there.
- But first Christ must go to Jerusalem to be crucified.
- We must embrace the Cross before we can receive heavenly glory.

You can find the text of the Gospel reading for the 2nd Sunday of Lent in Cycle A at the USCCB website.