Browsing Father Tony's Writings

Fulfilled In Your Hearing

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 1/22/19

Gospel Reflection, 3rd Sunday in Ordinary TimeNehemiah 8: 2-4a, 5-6, 8-10; 1 Corinthians 12: 12-30; Luke 1: 1-4; 4: 14-21

 Fulfilled In Your Hearing

All of us are familiar with inaugural addresses.  Jesus gives a kind of inaugural address when he reads from Isaiah in the synagogue at Capernaum.  ... Read More »

Gospel Reflection, 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 1/18/19

Gospel Reflection,2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Occasionally we hear someone speak about experiencing a miracle. Usually it involves rescue from some accident or health crisis. "It was a miracle that car didn't hit me, the way they were driving" or "It was a miracle they were able ... Read More »

Why Was Jesus Baptized?

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 1/08/19

Gospel Reflection, The Baptism of the LordIsaiah 40: 1-5, 9-11; Titus 2: 11-14, 3:4-7; Luke 3: 15-16, 21-22

Why Was Jesus Baptized? 

Why was Jesus baptized?  This is a good question.  With the event of his own baptism, Jesus stepped out of his hidden life into the light of ... Read More »

The Search for God and the Light of God

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 1/04/19

Gospel Reflection, The Epiphany of the LordIsaiah 60: 1-6; Ephesians 3: 2-3a, 5-6; Matthew 2: 1-12

The Search for God and the Light of God

Today, on this feast of the Epiphany, we celebrate the great event in which the kings traveled to see Jesus.  We reflect on the ... Read More »

God in Everyday Life

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 12/21/18

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Year C1 Samuel 1: 20-22, 24-28; 1 John 3: 1-2, 21-24; Luke 2: 41-52

 God in Everyday Life

The Holy Family consisted of father, mother and child.  It was a small family.  They enjoy the happiness of being together.  They are ... Read More »

The Lord of History

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 12/21/18

Gospel Reflection, Christmas, Year C Isaiah 9:1-6; Titus 2: 11-14; Luke 2: 1-14 (Readings for Mass at Midnight)

The Lord of History

Bethlehem is a difficult place.  The city of Jesus’ birth has long been and still is powerless and today, caught in the conflict between Israel and the ... Read More »

Doing the Simple Things

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 12/11/18

Gospel Reflection, Third Sunday of AdventZephaniah 3: 14-18a; Philippians 4: 4-7; Luke 3: 10-18

Doing the Simple Things

In today’s gospel we focus a bit on the person of John the Baptist.  He was a prophet and a prophet had a difficult job.  People often didn’t like what prophets ... Read More »

Dear Friends in Christ

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 12/05/18

Gospel Reflection, 2nd Sunday of Advent, Year CBaruch 5: 1-9; Philippians 1: 4-6, 8-11; Luke 3: 1-6 

Dear Friends in Christ,

Today’s gospel takes place at a particular moment in the history of the world, the fifteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Tiberius, which was about A.D. ... Read More »

The Meaning of the Crucifix

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 11/27/18

Gospel Reflection, First Sunday of Advent

 

The Meaning of the Crucifix

I write about a project that we are currently undertaking: to make our fixed crucifix more visible including the corpus, so that it is clearly visible to the congregation.  About five weeks ago, I wrote about how ... Read More »

What is purgatory?

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 11/21/18

Gospel Reflection: Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

What is purgatory?

Purgatory is the state of those who die in God’s friendship, assured of their eternal salvation, but who still have need of purification of their venial sins to enter into the happiness of heaven.  It seems ... Read More »