Father John's Gospel Reflection - Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

GOSPEL – SUNDAY, 3rd SEPTEMBER 2017 – Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Matt 16:21-27)

 

Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself.

Jesus began to make it clear to his disciples that he was destined to go to Jerusalem and suffer grievously at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, to be put to death and to be raised up on the third day. Then, taking him aside, Peter started to remonstrate with him. ‘Heaven preserve you, Lord,’ he said. ‘This must not happen to you.’ But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle in my path, because the way you think is not God’s way but man’s.’

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Fr John's Gospel Reflection - Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

GOSPEL – SUNDAY, 27 AUGUST 2017 – Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time (Matt 16:13-20)

 

You are Peter, to you I will give the keys of the kingdom of heaven.

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi he put this question to his disciples, ‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say he is John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ ‘But you,’ he said, ‘who do you say I am?’

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Fr John's Gospel Reflection - Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

GOSPEL – SUNDAY, 13 AUGUST, 2017 – Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Matt 14:22-33)

 

Command me to come to you over the water.

Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he would send the crowds away. After sending the crowds away he went up into the hills by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, while the boat, by now far out on the lake, was battling with a heavy sea, for there was a head-wind.

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Fr John's Gospel Reflection - Transfiguration of the Lord

GOSPEL – SUNDAY, 6 AUGUST, 2017 – Transfiguration of the Lord (Matt 17:1-9)

 

His face was shining like the sun.

Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone. There in their presence he was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as the light. Suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared to them; they were talking with him. Then Peter spoke to Jesus. ‘Lord,’ he said, ‘it is wonderful for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ He was still speaking when suddenly a bright cloud covered them with shadow, and from the cloud there came a voice which said, ‘This is my Son; the Beloved; he enjoys my favor. Listen to him.’ When they heard this, the disciples fell on their faces, overcome with fear. But Jesus came up and touched them. ‘Stand up,’ he said, ‘do not be afraid.’ And when they raised their eyes they saw no one but only Jesus.

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Fr John's Gospel Reflection - Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

GOSPEL – SUNDAY, 30 JULY 2017 – Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Matt 13:44-47)

 

He sells everything he owns and buys the field.

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away. Thus it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.

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Father John's Gospel Reflection - Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

GOSPEL – SUNDAY, 16 JULY 2017 – Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Matt 13: 1-9)

 

A sower went out to sow.

Jesus left the house and sat by the lakeside, but such crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there. The people all stood on the beach, and he told them many things in parables.

 

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Father John's Gospel Reflection - Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

GOSPEL – SUNDAY, 25 JUNE 2017 – Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Matt 10:26-33)

 

Do not fear those who can kill the body.

Jesus instructed the Twelve as follows: ‘Do not be afraid. For everything that is now covered will be uncovered, and everything now hidden will be made clear. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the daylight; what you hear in whispers, proclaim from the house-tops.

 

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Fr John's Gospel Reflection - Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood

GOSPEL – SUNDAY, 18 JUNE 2017 – Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (John 6:51-58)

 

My flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.

Jesus said to the Jews:

‘I am the living bread which has come down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is my flesh, for the life of the world.’

 

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Fr John's gospel reflection for the Most Holy Trinity

GOSPEL – SUNDAY, 11 JUNE, 2017 – Trinity Sunday (John 3: 16-18)

God sent his Son to save the world through him.

Jesus said to Nicodemus,

‘God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life.’

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Fr John's gospel reflection for Pentecost Sunday

GOSPEL – SUNDAY, 4 JUNE, 2017 – Pentecost Sunday (John 20:19-23)

As the Father sent me, so I send you: Receive the Holy Spirit.
In the evening of the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came in and stood among them.

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