Sir, we would like to see Jesus. John 12:21 Greek pilgrims asked to see the teacher.  They reach Jesus at a critical moment, as he realizes the full implications of the mission he accepted.  In that realization, Jesus also comprehends the role his disciples will have to fulfill.  Those who wish to “see” him must […]

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. –John 3: 16 There are interpretations of the above passage from the Gospel of John that suggest that Jesus’ mission was to atone to God for human sin by […]

A Stewardship Prayer for March Lord Jesus, We journey with you this Lenten season, through prayer, fasting and almsgiving, Ever closer to Jerusalem, ever closer to your death on the cross. We hear your words: “Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me.” But we are unsure of their meaning, or anxious about their […]

Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here!” (Mk9:5) Every Lent, on the second Sunday, we hear the passage of Jesus’ Transfiguration.  Today we hear Mark’s account of the Transfiguration.  The images in the story refer to the history of Israel.  Elijah went to a mountain expecting to meet God […]

Your ways, O Lord, make known to me; teach me your paths. (Psalm 25: 4) During the season of Lent, you will notice on the front of the bulletin quotes from the psalms for our liturgy that day.  Today we ask God to make known His ways.  In his reflection on today’s Gospel Michael R. […]

Stewardship Prayer for Lent God of mercy, You have given us this special time to reflect on our lives, embrace the Good News and draw closer to You. During this season of Lent, help us use this time to fast and pray, be more generous and show others how to live in Christ. Let us […]

Today’s scripture readings give us three examples of peoples’ service.  In Mark’s Gospel we hear the story of the healing of Peter’s mother-in-law.  As soon as she is healed she begins to wait on the people in the house.  To describe that Mark used the verb diakoneo, a word variously translated as wait on, minister […]