Showing posts with label Gospel of John. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gospel of John. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Gospel Reflection - Cycle A - Most Holy Trinity

My weekly reflection on the Sunday Gospel reading. In this video, I reflect on John 3:16-18, the Gospel reading for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity in Cycle A, exploring the following topics:

- As the Easter season comes to an end, the Church is starting our long stretch of Ordinary Time with two solemnities - the feast of the Most Holy Trinity this Sunday and the Body and Blood of Christ next Sunday.
- Overview of the Catholic theology of the Holy Trinity.
- Overview of the theology of the Incarnation.
- The purpose of the Incarnation is twofold: 1) To reconcile humanity with God, 2) to open up a new channel of love for us to experience the love of the Holy Trinity.
- Christ draws us into the inner life of the Holy Trinity.
- The Sign of the Cross is our central symbol of the Holy Trinity.
- The Sign of the Cross shows the integral relationship between the Cross and the love dynamic of the Holy Trinity.
- The self-sacrificial love of Christ is the most profound revelation of God's love for us.
- We are called to the same self-sacrificial love.

You can find the text of the readings for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity in Cycle A at the USCCB website.







Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Gospel Reflection - Cycle A - 7th Sunday of Easter

My weekly reflection on the Sunday Gospel reading. In this video, I reflect on John 17:1-11A, the Gospel reading for the 7th Sunday of Easter in Cycle A, exploring the following topics:

- God enters our human reality and accepts crucifixion for our salvation
- The glorification of Christ comes after the crucifixion. After enduring the suffering, he returns to his divine glory.
- God descends to our level in order to raise us to his level.
- We share in the glory of Christ. The eternal life we receive glorifies the Father.
- Eternal life vs existence.
- Christ is the only source of eternal life.
- In the Gospel of John, the word "world" stands for all that is fallen in creation.
- Since Pentecost, the Church has been the visible presence of Christ upon the earth.
- The Church is sent into the world to transform it.
- The transformation of the world is our mission.

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


Saturday, April 18, 2020

Gospel Reflection - Cycle A - 2nd Sunday of Easter

My weekly reflection on the Sunday Gospel reading. In this video, I reflect on John 20:19-31, the Gospel reading for the 2nd Sunday of Easter in Cycle A, exploring the following topics:

- The reality of the Resurrection.
- What will our resurrected body look like?
- John's refutation of the Gnostics.
- Hiding in fear - until outpouring of Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
- The Peace of Christ vs the peace of the world.
- Invitation into the inner love dynamic of the Holy Trinity.
- The authority of the Catholic Church.
- Doubting Thomas has been unfairly characterized by history.
- Holding on to the anchors of our belief.
- Fighting our doubts by remembering where they led us in the past.
- Divine Mercy Sunday helps us to be open to the Divine Mercy of Christ.

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

For more information on the Divine Mercy devotion, please visit this link.



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.


Saturday, September 8, 2018

The Church of Santa Anna Marks the Birthplace of the Virgin Mary

September 8 is the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Church of Santa Anna in Jerusalem marks the spot where, according to tradition, Our Lady was born. The fortress-like stone church, dating from the Crusader era, is especially known for its superb acoustics. (Read more at See The Holy Land.)

















Next to the Church of Santa Anna is the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus cured a paralytic, as described in chapter five of the Gospel of John. (Read more about the history of the Pool of Bethesda at Sea the Holy Land.)













The Church of Santa Anna is also near St. Stephen's Gate, where, according to tradition, St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, was killed by stoning. St. Stephen's Gate is also known as Lions Gate and Sheep's Gate.









Pictures from my trips to the Holy Land.