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 - Sunday 24th December 2017 — Advent 4 : 23 December 2017 : Weekly Gospel Reflections
GOSPEL: LUKE 1.26-38
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee
called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph,
of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her
and said, ‘Greetings, favoured one! The Lord is with you.’ But she was
much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this
Reflections - Sunday 17th December 2017 — Advent 3 : 16 December 2017 : Weekly Gospel Reflections
GOSPEL: JOHN 1.6-8, 19-28
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, ‘Who are you?’
Reflections - Sunday 10th December 2017 — Advent 2 : 16 December 2017 : Weekly Gospel Reflections
GOSPEL: MARK 1.1-8
The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, ‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight” ’, John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
Reflections - Sunday 3rd December 2017 — Advent : 29 November 2017 : Weekly Gospel Reflections
GOSPEL: MARK 13.24-37
‘But in those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see “the Son of Man coming in clouds” with great power and glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven
Reflections - Sunday 26th November 2017 — Christ the King : 25 November 2017 : Weekly Gospel Reflections
GOSPEL: MATTHEW 25.31-46
‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink?
Reflections - Sunday 19th November 2017 — Pentecost 24: : 17 November 2017 : Weekly Gospel Reflections
GOSPEL: MATTHEW 25.14-30
‘For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
Reflections - Sunday 12th November 2017 — Pentecost 23: : 09 November 2017 : Weekly Gospel Reflections
GOSPEL: MATTHEW 25.1-13
‘Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps
and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were
wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the
wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, all of
them became drowsy and slept.
Reflections - Sunday 5th November 2017 — Pentecost 22: : 03 November 2017 : Bloggers
GOSPEL: MATTHEW 23.1-12
Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, ‘The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practise what they teach. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on the shoulders of others; but they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them. They do all their deeds to be seen by others; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long.
Reflections - Sunday 29th October 2017 — Pentecost 21: : 27 October 2017 : Bloggers
GOSPEL: MATTHEW 22.34-46
When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him.
‘Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?’
Reflections - Sunday 22nd October 2017 — Pentecost 20: : 21 October 2017 : Bloggers
GOSPEL: MATTHEW 22.15-33
Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, ‘Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?’ But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, ‘Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax.’ And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them, ‘Whose head is this, and whose title?’ They answered, ‘The emperor’s.’ Then he said to them, ‘Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’