Browsing Father Tony's Writings

God’s Light Has Appeared

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 12/15/17

Gospel Reflection

God’s Light Has Appeared

The Gospel for the daytime Christmas Mass is one of the most solemn texts of Holy Scripture: the so-called Prologue of John’s Gospel.  They are words that announce in stately language a mystery, the original mystery of the world; they are words illuminating ... Read More »

3rd Sunday of Advent

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 12/15/17

Gospel Reflection3rd Sunday of Advent

Gaudete Sunday derives its name from the opening prayer of the Mass for this day, where we pray, "Gaudete in Domino semper" (Rejoice in the Lord always). So in the midst of Advent fasting and devotions, we rejoice because the time we have been ... Read More »

2nd Sunday Of Advent

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 12/15/17

Gospel Reflection2nd Sunday of Advent

"People of the whole Judean countryside and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem were going out to him." John the Baptist commanded quite a crowd. What was the attraction? Was it his unusual appearance-clothed in camel's hair? Perhaps it was his bizarre eating habits-feeding on ... Read More »

Encourage Deeper Understanding of Scripture

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 11/29/17

Gospel Reflection, First Sunday of Advent, Year BIsaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:33-37

ENCOURAGE DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF SCRIPTURE "Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come." On this First Sunday of Advent, Jesus gives us a wakeup call. This is no ... Read More »

The Real Presence of our Lord in Our Lives

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 11/17/17

Gospel Reflection, Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Year AEzekiel 34: 11-12, 15-17; 1 Corinthians 15: 20-26, 28; Matthew 25: 31-46

The Real Presence of our Lord in Our Lives

As I look back on my life, I realize that I have a lot to be thankful ... Read More »

Taking Risks with God’s Gifts

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 11/17/17

Gospel Reflection, Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year AProverbs 31: 10-13, 19-20, 30-31; 1 Thessalonians 5: 1-6; Matthew 25: 14-30

Taking Risks with God’s Gifts

Today’s parable tells us that our preparation for the Lord’s return must not be passive.  Rather we must use the gifts and talents that ... Read More »

The Foolish Versus the Wise

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 11/07/17

Gospel Reflection; 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year AWisdom 6:12-16; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 or 4:13-14; Matthew 25:1-13

The Foolish Versus the Wise

"But the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps." The foolish versus the wise. Today's parable sets these two groups in stark contrast to one another. ... Read More »

Everyday Stewardship

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 11/01/17

Gospel Reflection, 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Everyday Stewardship I remember attending Catholic school growing up and every year having to write a report on a saint. We were told that these people of faith were role models for us in our Christian journey. Even though they ... Read More »

Let us Truly Love God

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 10/24/17

Gospel Reflection; 30th Sunday in Ordinary TimeExodus 22:20-26; 1 Thessalonians 1:5c-10; Matthew 22:34-40,

Let us Truly Love God

"The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments." Jesus gives us a simple moral principle in today's Gospel. He speaks about two kinds of love: love of God ... Read More »

Encourage Deeper Understanding of Scripture

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 10/18/17

Gospel Reflection, 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Encourage Deeper Understanding of Scripture

"Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God." The Pharisees, full of malice, were trying to "entrap Jesus in speech." They concocted a question that flattered him, saying, ... Read More »