Recent Sunday Bible Reflections Posts
Psalm 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35
Our commitment to Christ will be put to the test.
We will hear whispered warnings and denunciations, as Jeremiah does in today’s First Reading. Even so-called friends will try to trap and trip us up.
For His sake we will bear insults and be made outcasts—even...
Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-16
Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20
1 Corinthians 10:16-17
The Eucharist is given to us as a challenge and a promise. That's how Jesus presents it in today's Gospel.
He doesn't make it easy for those who hear Him. They are repulsed and offended at His words. Even when they begin to quarrel, He insists on describing the eating and drinking of...
Exodus 34:4-6, 8-9
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
We often begin Mass with the prayer from today's Epistle: "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you." We praise the God who has revealed himself as a Trinity, a communion of persons.
Communion with the Trinity is the goal...
1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13
The giving of the Spirit to the new people of God crowns the mighty acts of the Father in salvation history.
The Jewish feast of Pentecost called all devout Jews to Jerusalem to celebrate their birth as God's chosen people, in the covenant Law given to Moses at Sinai (see Leviticus 23:15-21; Deuteronomy 16:9-11).
Psalm 27:1, 4, 7-8
1 Peter 4:13-16
Jesus has been taken up into heaven as we begin today's First Reading. His disciples - including the Apostles and Mary—return to the upper room where He celebrated the Last Supper (see Luke 22:12).
There, they devote themselves with one accord to prayer, awaiting the Spirit that He promised would come upon them (see Acts 1:8)....
Acts 8:5-8, 14-17
Psalm 66:1-7, 16, 20
1 Peter 3:15-18
Jesus will not leave us alone. He won't make us children of God in Baptism only to leave us "orphans," He assures us in today's Gospel (see Romans 8:14-17) .
He asks the Father to give us His Spirit, to dwell with us and keep us united in the life He shares with the Father....
Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19
1 Peter 2:4-9
John 14:1-12 (see also "Exodus and Easter")
By His death, Resurrection and Ascension, Jesus has gone ahead to prepare a place for us in His Father's house.
His Father's house is no longer a temple made by human hands. It is the spiritual house of the Church, built on the living stone of Christ's body.
Acts 2:14, 36-41
1 Peter 2:20-25
Easter's empty tomb is a call to conversion.
By this tomb, we should know for certain that God has made Jesus both Lord and Messiah, as Peter preaches in today's First Reading.
He is the "Lord," the divine Son that David foresaw at God's right hand (see Psalms 110:1,3; 132:10-11; Acts 2:34). And He is...
Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11
1 Peter 1:17-21
We should put ourselves in the shoes of the disciples in today's Gospel. Downcast and confused they're making their way down the road, unable to understand all the things that have occurred.
They know what they've seen—a prophet mighty in word and deed. They know what they were hoping for—that...
Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
1 Peter 1:3-9
We are children of Jesus' Resurrection from the dead. Through this wondrous sign of His great mercy, the Father of Jesus has given us new birth, as we hear in today's Epistle.
Today's First Reading sketches the "family life" of our first ancestors in the household of God (see 1 Peter 4:17). We see them doing what we still...