Browsing Father Tony's Writings

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 »

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 11/21/18

GOSPEL MEDITATION - ENCOURAGE DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF SCRIPTURE As we edge closer to the closing of the liturgical year, the Church selects readings that remind us of the final close: the second coming of Christ. It's easy, perhaps, to forget that this is a dogma of our Catholic faith. ... Read More »

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 »