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 : 22 February 2020 : Rev'd Scott Gunthorpe
If any of the Gospel passages sound like a science-fiction movie, it must be the Transfiguration. We are given images that are sometimes hard to digest. Jesus’ face shines like the sun—what does that mean? His clothes dazzled white – does that mean light also emitted from them? Sometimes, when we try to describe God, and certainly an encounter with the Divine, words fail to do us justice. We are caught up in language that is inadequate or even contradictory. If Jesus’ face was shining like the sun, was it also extremely hot, or was it just intensely bright? We have encountered a mystery.
Reflections on the Gospel From Rev Scott Gunthorpe : 15 February 2020 : Weekly Gospel Reflections
This passage belongs to the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus tells the crowd that it is not enough to abstain from murder: “I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment… you will be liable to the hell of fire.” …
Reflections on the Gospel From Rev Scott Gunthorpe : 20 December 2019 : Weekly Gospel Reflections
We begin with the genesis of Jesus in this gospel. We read this scene as an Advent text, but Matthew tells us here that it is Jesus’ birth narrative. It ends up working, because Matthew isn’t focused on the birth itself, but rather the identity of the one being born. Matthew’s focus is Christological.
Another unique feature of Matthew’s text is his focus on the role of Joseph. …
Reflections on the Gospel From Rev Scott Gunthorpe : 13 December 2019 : Rev'd Scott Gunthorpe
“Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” is the question at the heart of Advent, as we live in a season of anticipation. We, too, find ourselves in the confinement of our limited imaginations about God. We long and hope dearly, but sometimes wonder if the promises given to us by God could really ever come.
Reflections on the Gospel From Rev Scott Gunthorpe : 06 December 2019 : Weekly Gospel Reflections
Baptism in the wilderness is a curious thing. In the wilderness, where the vagabonds and outcasts dwell, a furious John the Baptist rejects a group of priests coming for baptism and admonishes them to “bear fruit worthy of repentance”—an obvious refusal to be convinced by the Pharisees’ and Sadducees’ display of righteousness, …
Reflections on the Gospel From Rev Scott Gunthorpe : 30 November 2019 : Weekly Gospel Reflections
In what ways can observing the season of Advent strengthen our faith?
How do we live in hopeful wonder in the face of God’s coming in Christ?
Reflections on the Gospel From Rev Scott Gunthorpe : 24 November 2019 : Weekly Gospel Reflections
Jesus is hanging from a cross. This is where we find him in today’s reading from Luke. Not exactly the place you would look for a king, but then again, nothing is ever quite as you expect with Jesus. Luke brings us to the place called “The Skull” and we find Jesus between two criminals.
Reflections on the Gospel From Rev Scott Gunthorpe : 15 November 2019 : Weekly Gospel Reflections
While they may sound apocalyptic to our ears, the words of Jesus as they
appear in this passage from Luke would have fallen on the Gospel’s
original hearers not as a prediction but as a reminder. Luke was writing
after the Temple had already fallen; he wasn’t prophesying, he was
writing to and for a persecuted minority of beleaguered believers under
the tyranny of Roman rule. …
Reflections on the Gospel From Rev Scott Gunthorpe : 08 November 2019 : Weekly Gospel Reflections
There were many ways to be Jewish during the time Jesus lived and
the time the New Testament scriptures were written, just as today there
are many ways to be Christian (for example, Roman Catholic and
Protestant). Discussion and debate between Jewish groups were
common. In Jesus’ time, Sadducees were Jews associated with the elite
priestly class of Jerusalem, while the Pharisees were Jews associated with
a rabbinic, or teaching, model of Judaism.
Reflections on the Gospel From Rev Scott Gunthorpe : 07 November 2019 : Weekly Gospel Reflections
On this All Saints’ celebration, the words of the beatitudes are particularly striking, specifically in the places where Jesus mentions “for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.” We are connected to those who came before us, and it can be powerful to remember our place. …