The Sower

Today’s Gospel:  Mark 4:1-20 REFLECTION All the listeners understood the parable in today’s Gospel, for they were accustomed to the topography of the district. Often between the boundaries of properties there was a narrow footpath made hard by the constant treading of feet. Occasionally, small stones were pressed into the soil to give added stability.

We Are God’s Family…Let’s Relate!

Today’s Gospel:  Mark 3:31-35 REFLECTION God did not intend for us to be alone, but to be with others. He gives us many opportunities for developing relationships with family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.   God offers us the greatest of relationships – union of heart, mind, and spirit with himself, the very author and source of

We Are God’s Family…Let’s Relate!

Today’s Gospel:  Mark 3:31-35 REFLECTION God did not intend for us to be alone, but to be with others. He gives us many opportunities for developing relationships with family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.   God offers us the greatest of relationships – union of heart, mind, and spirit with himself, the very author and source of

Equipping The Disciples

Today’s Gospel:  Luke 10:1-9 REFLECTION In today’s Gospel, Jesus commissions 70 more disciples as “laborers for the harvest.”  The most important word in verse two is PRAY. The tasks ahead would be difficult whatever happened, but if the disciples forgot to pray, the work would be impossible. It should be noticed that the details of

Can We Leave Our “Boats” And Follow Jesus?

Today’s Gospel:  Mark 1:14-20 REFLECTION Throughout the Bible, God followed a pattern in choosing His prophets. Seldom, if ever, did He choose an important, well known, or famous man. He always made His servants great, but at their beginning, they were nothing! Abraham was the son of a man who worshipped idols in Ur of

Be Different…And Be Criticized

Today’s Gospel:  Mark 3:20-21 REFLECTION As Jesus started his public ministry, he also started to earn criticism from those who thought his ways were different.  What probably hurt more was the fact that the criticism came from his own family, friends and relatives.  It always happens.  When you do something radical from what people are

You Are Chosen…For A Purpose

Today’s Gospel:  Mark 3:13-19 REFLECTION When Jesus embarked on his mission he chose twelve men for the task of preaching the kingdom of God and healing the sick in the power of that kingdom. They were chosen from the common people who did ordinary things, had no special education, and no social advantages. Jesus wanted

The Multitude By The Sea

Today’s Gospel:  Mark 3:7-12 REFLECTION The impact made by Jesus of Nazareth upon the population of Palestine can only be described as sensational. Four centuries had passed since the appearance of Malachi, the last of the Old Testament prophets, and apart from the military activity of the Maccabees and the more recent appearance of John

The Incident In The Synagogue

Today’s Gospel:  Mark 3:1-6 REFLECTION It is interesting to note that the word translated “synagogue” comes from the Greek word “sunago” which means “to gather together.” It is used in Matthew 13:47 to indicate a drawing together, or the catching of many fish in a net. John 11:52 uses the word to suggest a gathering

Keeping Holy The Sabbath

Today’s Gospel:  Mark 2:23-28 REFLECTION Today’s gospel deals on the issue of the  command “to keep holy the sabbath” that the religious leaders confronted Jesus about. The “Sabbath rest” was meant to be a time to remember and celebrate God’s goodness and the goodness of his work, both in creation and redemption. It was a