Browsing Father Tony's Writings

The Great Faith Offering of the Poor Widow

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 11/07/18

Gospel Reflection; 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 1 Kings 17: 10-16; Hebrews 9: 24-28; Mark 12: 38-44

The Great Faith Offering of the Poor Widow

Jesus often taught in the Temple.  Today we see him just sitting and watching.  He chose a particular spot, “opposite the treasury”.  There was a ... Read More »

Loving God and Our Neighbor

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 10/30/18

Gospel Reflection, 31st Sunday in Ordinary TimeDeuteronomy 6: 2-6; Hebrews 7: 23-28; Mark 12: 28-34

Loving God and Our Neighbor

It is vitally necessary to keep God’s commandments.  They are the paths of life and they are intended to warn us of the paths of death.  God is a friend ... Read More »

The Blind Will See

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 10/25/18

The Blind Will See                         Mark 10:46-52   In Lectio Visio we place ourselves in the story, Visualizing what is happening,  a very Ignatian way to pray with the Holy Scriptures.   Just imagine.    Jesus is being trailed ... Read More »

We Need to See the Body of Jesus on a Cross

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 10/16/18

 Gospel Reflection, 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 53:10-11; Hebrews 4:4-16; Mark 10:35-45

 We Need to See the Body of Jesus on a Cross

With our recent discussions on the crucifix, you might be asking, “What is so important about seeing the body of Jesus on a cross anyway?”  An ... Read More »

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 10/12/18

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Encourage Deeper Understanding of Scripture

Christian author C.S. Lewis once wrote that Christianity is not so much about being nice people but in being "new men." We see this contrast in today's Gospel. "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus ... Read More »

Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 10/02/18

Gospel Reflection, 27th Sunday in Ordinary TimeGenesis 2: 18-24; Hebrews 2: 9-11; Mark 10: 2-16

Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage

In our gospel, the Pharisees wanted to put Jesus on the spot.  They knew that Moses allowed divorce.  However, Jesus explains that what Moses prescribed was only a temporary solution ... Read More »

Dealing With Temptation

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 9/28/18

Gospel Reflection, 26th Sunday in Ordinary TimeNumbers 11: 25-29; James 5: 1-6; Mark 9: 38-43, 45, 47-48

Dealing With Temptation

Jesus speaks in our gospels today about how if your hand, your foot, or your eye cause you to sin, cut them off or pluck it out.  It is ... Read More »

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 »