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 27, 2020

Gospel Reflection - Cycle A - Pentecost

My weekly reflection on the Sunday Gospel reading. In this video, I reflect on John 20:19-23, the Gospel reading for Pentecost in Cycle A, as well as Acts 2:1-11, exploring the following topics:

- Pentecost is the birthday of the Church.
- The Gospel reading takes place on Easter Sunday. Jesus is preparing the disciples for the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
- Jesus breathing on the disciples symbolizes the remaking of creation.
- The eternal peace of Christ will permeate the remade creation.
- Christ gives authority to the Church.
- The Israelite celebration of Pentecost involved the presentation of the first fruits. At Pentecost, the new converts are the first fruits of the mission to evangelize the world.
- The miracle of the languages at Pentecost is the reversal of the story of Babel.
- The Holy Spirit vivifies the Church.
- The Holy Spirit keeps the Church from falling into error.
- The Holy Spirit empowers each of us to follow Christ.
- Reconnecting with the gifts of the Holy Spirit this Pentecost.
- The Blessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of the Church. She helps us to say yes to the Holy Spirit, as she did.

You can find the text of the readings for Pentecost 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.


Gospel Reflection - The Ascension of the Lord

My weekly reflection on the Sunday Gospel reading. In this video, I reflect on Matthew 28:16-20, the Gospel reading for the Ascension of the Lord in Cycle A, exploring the following topics:

- Jesus gives us a clear mission - the Great Commission.
- We have to ask the question: Have we lost our missionary zeal?
- Dialog and respect are good, but they should not take away our desire to convert the world.
- Danger of indifferentism.
- Our union with Christ should shine through our lives.
- Even though the Apostles doubt, they still worship. We should follow their example in times of doubt.
- We are not expected to do it on our own. Christ is with us always.

You can find the text of the Gospel reading for the Ascension of the Lord in Cycle A at the USCCB website.



Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Gospel Reflection - Cycle A - 6th Sunday of Easter

My weekly reflection on the Sunday Gospel reading. In this video, I reflect on John 14:15-21, the Gospel reading for the 6th Sunday of Easter in Cycle A, exploring the following topics:

- Entering into the eternal love dynamic of the Holy Trinity.
- The commandment of Jesus: Loving each other as he has loved us, even to the point of crucifixion.
- Being grounded in Christ.
- Receiving the Advocate, the Holy Spirit.
- The Holy Spirit is the animating principle of the Church and keeps the Church from falling into error.

You can find the text of the Gospel reading for the 6th Sunday of Easter in Cycle A at the USCCB website.





Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Gospel Reflection - Cycle A - 5th Sunday of Easter

My weekly reflection on the Sunday Gospel reading. In this video, I reflect on John 14:1-12, the Gospel reading for the 5th Sunday of Easter in Cycle A, exploring the following topics:

- We see the divinity of Jesus throughout the Gospels.
- The theology of the Trinity.
- Jesus is the visible presence of the Trinity.
- Jesus is the only way, the only source of true restoration and eternal life.
- Jesus is the Messianic Bridegroom
- Embracing the Cross gives us peace in the midst of suffering

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


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.