Weekly Gospel Reflections
Each Week, in the parish bulletin – The Tidings, the Gospel for the day, plus reflections is provided as a tool to further our understanding of the Gospel message.
Many of the Home-groups are now using this reflection as a basis for their study.
You are invited to join the ever-increasing number who take advantage of this tool.
May you be blessed as you reflect.
Weekly Gospel Reflections
Reflections on the Gospel From Rev Scott Gunthorpe : 25 May 2019 : Rev'd Scott Gunthorpe
In the joy of the Easter season, it is sometimes easy to forget that Jesus
will leave the disciples again at the end of the fifty days. Even as we
celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, we know that the disciples
will need to let go of the incarnated friend they have known. …
Reflections on the Gospel From Rev Scott Gunthorpe : 19 May 2019 : Rev'd Scott Gunthorpe
This passage introduces what is commonly called the “farewell discourse,” in which Jesus announces his impending death to his disciplines and offers both comfort and instructions for how they should behave when he is gone… (He – Jesus) emphasizes how his own followers shall be known: by their love for him, which mirrors his love for them. It is essential that the community of followers of Jesus demonstrate God’s love as a shining light for the world to see. …
Reflections on the Gospel From Rev Scott Gunthorpe : 13 May 2019 : Rev'd Scott Gunthorpe
Who is Jesus of Nazareth? It is a question that is at the very heart of our
faith as Christians. Is Jesus the Messiah? We can hear this passage and
rest assured that we have heard the voice of Jesus and so we follow him …
Reflections on the Gospel From Rev Scott Gunthorpe : 03 May 2019 : Rev'd Scott Gunthorpe
Simon Peter feels hurt that Jesus continues to ask if he loves him, and responds with, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you” (v. 17). Simon Peter implores upon Jesus that he knows him inside and out, so how could he not feel the enormity of his love? …
Reflections on the Gospel From Rev Scott Gunthorpe : 27 April 2019 : Rev'd Scott Gunthorpe
In the days after the Crucifixion, the apostles were in a locked room, hiding from their enemies and trying to figure out their next steps. Jesus suddenly appears to them, and rejoices, prays, and blesses them. But Thomas was away, perhaps running an errand, picking up the milk and bread. He missed out.
Was he a “doubting Thomas?” …
Reflections on the Gospel From Rev Scott Gunthorpe : 21 April 2019 : Weekly Gospel Reflections
What do you notice first about this famous passage from John’s gospel?
Perhaps it is the fear that you imagine is instilled in Mary Magdalene
when she realizes that her Lord’s body has been taken. Or maybe you are
struck by the seemingly random detail that one disciple outruns the
Reflections on the Gospel From Rev Scott Gunthorpe : 12 April 2019 : Weekly Gospel Reflections
The Servant Song reaches a crescendo in the gospel reading assigned for today. Read or heard in context of the other passages in the day’s lectionary, this great sweeping passion narrative might be considered a symphony of God’s suffering love for us. …
Reflections on the Gospel - Rev Scott Gunthorpe : 06 April 2019 : Rev'd Scott Gunthorpe
There is something disconcerting about Jesus’ response to Judas, because Judas’ question is one that many of us might ask. One would think that we would hear exactly the opposite from Jesus—that all of our resources should go to the poor. …
Reflections on the Gospel From Rev Scott Gunthorpe : 31 March 2019 : Weekly Gospel Reflections
The Parable of the Prodigal Son—or as others prefer to call it, The Parable of the Good Father—is the third of three parables Jesus tells to a particular audience. As this Gospel selection helpfully reminds us, each of these parables is told in response to the grumbling of the Pharisees and scribes. …
Reflections on the Gospel From Rev Scott Gunthorpe : 24 March 2019 : Rev'd Scott Gunthorpe
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, …
Sometimes it is too late. Sometimes we miss an opportunity to speak to a person, see a thing, make a change. The warning signs may have all been there. The door may have been opened. The time may have been ripe. But for some reason, we refused, we stalled, we ignored.