Showing posts with label Truth. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Truth. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Gospel Reflection - Cycle A - 4th Sunday of Easter

My weekly reflection on the Sunday Gospel reading. In this video, I reflect on John 10:1-10, the Gospel reading for the 4th Sunday of Easter in Cycle A, exploring the following topics:

- Jesus has come to restore the brokenness of the world, to restore our individual relationships with God, to restore society's relationship with God, and to restore the cosmos, remaking creation.
- Jesus is the only source of true life.
- Summary of Catholic teaching on salvation.
- Who are the thieves and robbers Jesus is talking about?
- We receive the teachings of Christ through the teaching authority of he Catholic Church.
- The image of sheep, who are herd animals, underscores our need for community as disciples.
- The image of the shepherd speaks to us about the mystery of the Incarnation.
- What voices are we listening to in our lives? What gates are we entering?
- The liturgical significance of the entrance of the church building as pointing toward Heaven.

You can find the text of the Gospel reading for the 4th Sunday of Easter 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.