Browsing Father Tony's Writings

Forgiveness as a Way of Life

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 9/12/17

Gospel Reflection, 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year ASirach 27:30 – 28:7; Romans 14: 7-9; Matthew 18: 21-35

Forgiveness as a Way of Life

If we are to offer fraternal correction – Jesus spoke about this in last week’s gospel – then we must certainly forgive one another as ... Read More »

Loving Fraternal Correction

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 9/07/17

Gospel Reflection Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year AEzekiel 33: 7-9; Romans 13: 8-10; Matthew 18: 15-20

Loving Fraternal Correction

Our gospel today is of tremendous practical importance both in our individual spiritual lives and communally as The Body of Christ.  It deals with how we approach fraternal correction.  ... Read More »

Get Behind Me, Satan!

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 8/29/17

Gospel Reflection, Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year AJeremiah 20: 7-9; Romans 12: 1-2; Matthew 16: 21-27

Get Behind Me, Satan!

Can you imagine a greater contrast?  Peter has just solemnly confessed that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the loving God, the long-awaited for Savior of God’s ... Read More »

Who Do You Say that I Am?

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 8/22/17

Gospel Reflection, Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year AIsaiah 22: 19-23; Romans 11: 33-36; Matthew 16: 13-20

 

Who Do You Say that I Am?

Jesus took the disciples to the region of Cesarea Phillippi to an area that was known for pagan human sacrifices.  Up to this point, ... Read More »

“O Woman, Great is Your Faith!”

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 8/22/17

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year AIsaiah 56: 1, 6-7; Romans 11: 13-15; Matthew 15: 21-28

“O Woman, Great is Your Faith!”

How many times have you ever suffered humiliation or been told in an abrupt manner to wait?  Are you part of an “in” crowd, or an outsider?  ... Read More »

We Need Not Doubt the Holy Spirit

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 8/09/17

Gospel Reflection, 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time1 Kings 19: 9a, 11-13a; Romans 9: 1-5; Matthew 14: 22-33

We Need Not Doubt the Holy Spirit

In our gospel Peter asks a remarkable thing from Jesus.  He says, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the ... Read More »

The Transfiguration of the Lord

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 8/01/17

Gospel Reflection

The Transfiguration of the Lord "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him." Oh, to be on that mountain! What a priceless experience for Peter, James, and John. If they had ever doubted, if they wondered whether Jesus was really who ... Read More »

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 7/26/17

Gospel Reflection, Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12; Romans 8:28-30; Matthew 13:44-52 or 13:44-46

"When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it." Jesus today gives us the image of a merchant who knows ... Read More »

The Devil is Real

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 7/18/17

Gospel Reflection, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year AWisdom 12:13, 16-19; Romans 8:26-27; Matthew 13:24-43

The Devil is Real

"The weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil." This is not a pretty picture. Jesus shares a parable in today's ... Read More »

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 7/12/17

Gospel ReflectionIsaiah 55:10-11; /Romans 8:18-23; Matthew 13:1-23

"Hear then the parable of the sower." With his analogy of the sower and the seed, Jesus gives us four images to help us gauge the depth of our spiritual maturity. What kind of "soil" does our faith exist in? Are we ... Read More »