Browsing Father Tony's Writings

The Lord the Giver of Life

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 3/24/20

Gospel Refection5th Sunday of Lent, Year AThe Lord the Giver of Life

Our gospel this Sunday reveals to us that God has power even over life and death.  The miracle of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead is perhaps the greatest miracle, the greatest sign of Jesus’ power.  God ... Read More »

An Undeniable Gift

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 3/17/20

Gospel ReflectionFourth Sunday of Lent, Year AAn Undeniable Gift

              I recall once after an Easter Mass at the Cathedral talking with a young woman who was just baptized.  I did not know her, but she was beaming with joy and wanted to share it.  She explained how God ... Read More »

A Love That Frees Us

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 3/10/20

Gospel Reflection3rd Sunday of LentA Love That Frees Us

The story of the Samaritan woman with Jesus is a beautiful story of God’s love. It is personal. It is an encounter with Jesus as the Messiah who bridges our gaps with God. A great chasm was supposed to exist ... Read More »

We Live by God’s Holy Word

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 2/25/20

Gospel Reflection, 1st Sunday of Lent, Year AGenesis 2: 7-9; 3: 1-7; Romans 5: 12-19; Matthew 4: 1-11We Live by God’s Holy Word

We are without a doubt exposed to many temptations.  They can confront us in thousands of forms:  the temptation to drive too fast, to eat or ... Read More »

To Follow Him Will be Our Strength

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 2/18/20

Gospel Reflection, 7th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year ALeviticus 19: 1-2, 17-18; 1 Corinthians 3: 16-23; Matthew 5:38-48To Follow Him Will be Our Strength

Last week, we talked about a way of being which does not only keep to external rules, but is good because it comes from a ... Read More »

The Foundations

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 2/11/20

Gospel Reflection6th Sunday in Ordinary Time  Year AThe Foundations

Often in our places of work, we check the foundations.  We get to the root causes of why something is malfunctioning.  In manufacturing, there is usually a machine that has gone wrong that is causing problems further down the line.  ... Read More »

To Give Him Just Honor and Praise

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 1/28/20

Gospel ReflectionThe Presentation of the Lord, Year ATo Give Him Just Honor and Praise

If one of your brothers or sisters were living in another state and came home to see your parents, you would be naturally inclined to want to go to visit them while they are here.  ... Read More »

The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 1/23/20

Gospel Reflection3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year AThe Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand    

Have you ever been astonished that something you have waited for is now suddenly upon you?  I remember as a child growing up in Elk River how we used to wait for the bus, but ... Read More »

Behold, the Lamb of God!

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 1/16/20

Gospel Reflection2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time Year ABehold, the Lamb of God!“Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, grant us peace”.  We say these words at every Mass.  They repeat the words of John the Baptizer that we hear in the ... Read More »

Jesus Descended into the Jordan For Us

Posted by Sue Kunkel on 1/07/20

Gospel ReflectionThe Baptism of the Lord Year AJesus Descended into the Jordan For Us  For the Church, the cycle of Christmas feasts ends today with the Baptism of the Lord.  Why of all days does it end with this feast?  What does Jesus’ baptism have to do with his birth? ... Read More »