Browsing Father Tony's Writings

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 »

Come to Me

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 7/03/17

Gospel Reflection, Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year AZechariah 9:9-10; Romans 8:9, 11-13; Matthew 11:25-30

 

Come to Me

Today’s gospel is a very beautiful and precious passage of the bible.  “Come to me all you who labor and are burdened…” Jesus says.  He allows us a deep look ... Read More »

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 6/28/17

Gospel ReflectionThirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

"Whoever loses his life for my sake will find it." When Jesus says paradoxical things like this, we can still trust him. Even when he makes claims that, at first glance, seem impossible, we know that he's not talking gibberish. Why? ... Read More »

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 6/20/17

Gospel Reflection, Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year AJeremiah 20:10-13; Romans 5:12-15; Matthew 10:26-33

"Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid." Can it really be true? Is our heavenly Father actually so aware of us? Does the Creator of the universe pay ... Read More »

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 6/14/17

Gospel Reflection, The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Year ADeuteronomy 8:2-3, 14b-16a; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; John 6:51-58

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ "The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, 'How can this man give us his flesh to eat?'" From the beginning, the Eucharist has ... Read More »

The Most Holy Trinity

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 6/06/17

Gospel Reflection, The Most Holy Trinity, Year AExodus 34:4b-c, 8-9; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; John 3:16-18

The Most Holy Trinity "God so loved the world that he gave his only Son." We are used to this profound idea, so used to it that we often glaze over the incredible reality: ... Read More »

The Spirit Will be Faithful to Guide Us

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 5/31/17

Gospel Reflection, Pentecost Sunday, Year AActs of the Apostles 2: 1-11; 1 Corinthians 12: 3b-7, 12-13; John 20: 19-23

The Spirit Will be Faithful to Guide Us

One Saturday night a minister was busy writing his sermon for Sunday.  His little daughter saw him working busily and asked him ... Read More »

Jesus Keeps His Word

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 5/23/17

Gospel Reflection, The Ascension of the Lord, Year AActs of the Apostles 1:1-11; Ephesians 1:17-23; Matthew 28:16-20

Jesus Keeps His Word

The Ascension of our Lord is much like a graduation in that the disciples no longer related with Jesus in bodily form.  At graduations we transition, and while ... Read More »

The Gift of the Holy Spirit

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 5/19/17

Gospel Reflection, Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year A Acts of the Apostles 8: 5-8, 14-17; 1 Peter 3: 15-18; John 14: 15-21

The Gift of the Holy Spirit

We have a lot to learn from those who are seriously ill.  Often, in spite of reasons for fear or difficulties ... Read More »