Browsing Father Tony's Writings

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 »

The Invitation

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 10/10/17

Gospel Reflection, Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year AIsaiah 25: 6-10a; Philippians 4:12-14; Matthew 22: 1-14

The Invitation

Stewardship is a misunderstood word.  But stewardship is neither a gimmick nor a fundraising scheme.  Rather, stewardship is a way of life rooted in the teachings and the person of Jesus ... Read More »

Be a Worker in the Vineyard of the Lord

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 10/10/17

Gospel Reflection, Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year AIsaiah 5: 1-7; Philippians 4: 6-9; Matthew 21: 33-43

Be a Worker in the Vineyard of the Lord

Jesus tells the parable of the tenants who beat and killed the servants when the Master was absent.  Then, they beat his only ... Read More »

Open Your Heart to God’s Love

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 9/26/17

Gospel Reflection, Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year AEzekiel 18:25-28;Philipians 2:1-11 or 2:1-5;Matthew 21:28-32

Open Your Heart to God’s Love

"Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you." Ouch. If Jesus weren't speaking the truth, this would seem like a ... Read More »

Sharing another’s Joy without Envy

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 9/25/17

Gospel Reflection, Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year AIsaiah 55: 6-9; Phillipians 1: 20c-24, 27a; Matthew 20: 1-16a

Sharing another’s Joy without Envy

Jesus tells the story of the owner of a vineyard who pays day laborers the same wage in spite of their working for various parts of ... Read More »

Forgiveness as a Way of Life

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 9/12/17

Gospel Reflection, 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year ASirach 27:30 – 28:7; Romans 14: 7-9; Matthew 18: 21-35

Forgiveness as a Way of Life

If we are to offer fraternal correction – Jesus spoke about this in last week’s gospel – then we must certainly forgive one another as ... Read More »

Loving Fraternal Correction

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 9/07/17

Gospel Reflection Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year AEzekiel 33: 7-9; Romans 13: 8-10; Matthew 18: 15-20

Loving Fraternal Correction

Our gospel today is of tremendous practical importance both in our individual spiritual lives and communally as The Body of Christ.  It deals with how we approach fraternal correction.  ... Read More »