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Today’s Gospel is a Reality Check

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 9/18/18

Gospel Reflection, 25th Sunday in Ordinary TimeWisdom 2:12, 17-21; James 3:16-4:3; Mark 9:30-37

Today’s Gospel is a Reality Check The Oscars. The Super Bowl. TV talent shows. Your son's Little League championship. We live in a culture set on competition. The desire to "be the best" goes beyond hobbies ... Read More »

The Crucified Messiah

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 9/13/18

Gospel Reflection, 24th Sunday in Ordinary TimeIsaiah 50: 4c-9a; Romans 14: 7-9 James 2: 14-18; Mark 8: 27-35

 The Crucified Messiah

 Saint Mark has one primary aim in his gospel: bringing his hearers and readers to recognize Jesus as the Messiah.  And yet, there are two parts.  At the end ... Read More »

Child Sexual Abuse is All of Our Responsibility

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 9/04/18

Child Sexual Abuse is All of Our Responsibility

              If you are like me, you are feeling shock, anger, disgust, outrage, or betrayal by the recent allegations by bishops and of bishops and priests and the grand jury report out of Pennsylvania.  It is wrong and it is rightly ... Read More »

What comes out of the Heart

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 8/31/18

Gospel ReflectionDeuteronomy 4: 1-2, 6-8; James 1: 17-18, 21b-22, 27; Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23

What comes out of the Heart

“Wash your hands before eating!”  How often we have heard that as a child.  If we had known this gospel reading then, we might have said, “Well, Jesus ... Read More »

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 8/16/18

Encourage Deeper Understanding of Scripture

  In this Sunday's Gospel, the conflict escalates in the Bread of Life Discourse. Confusion is mounting in the crowd. "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" Their minds were thinking literally, not mystically. Jesus doesn't seem to help, however, and ... Read More »

Our Community Strengthens Our Faith

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 8/16/18

Gospel Reflection, 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B1 Kings 19: 4-8; Ephesians 4: 30 – 5:2; John 6: 41-51

Our Community Strengthens Our Faith

The people of Galilee began to grumble about Jesus.  They were so excited about The Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes that they had just ... Read More »

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 8/16/18

Encourage Deeper Understanding of Scripture In an on-demand society, it's not always easy to imagine life with less. The crowds of Jesus' day depended on the weather and successful growing seasons for their livelihood. For many of Jesus' listeners, even "food that perishes" would have been a welcome relief. ... Read More »

Where Shall We Find the Power

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 7/24/18

Gospel Reflection, 2 Kings 4: 42-44; Ephesians 4: 1-6; John 6: 1-15

Where Shall We Find the Power 

The Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes is found in all four gospels.  This speaks to how impressive this event was in Jesus’ life.  He abundantly satisfied the hunger of a ... Read More »

A Meaningful Holiday

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 7/24/18

Gospel Reflection, 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year BJeremiah 23: 1-6; Ephesians 2: 13-18; Mark 6: 30-34

A Meaningful Holiday

Today’s gospel is suitable for holidays and vacations.  “Rest awhile!”  There is a time for working and a time for resting from our work.  Jesus lets his disciples have ... Read More »

Let Freedom Ring

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 7/10/18

Let Freedom Ring

I remember the Independence Day celebrations that took place in Plummer, MN that my four sisters: Mary, Sarah, Lisa, and Maria and I would go to as children when we visited our grandmother.  There was nothing better than running out into the street to pick up ... Read More »