A Reflection for the Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Many of the most significant teachings of Jesus occurred on journeys.  Today’s gospel is a case in point.   There’s something about sharing the joys and tribulations of journeying together that promotes intimacy and self-disclosure.  Journeys imply physically, and sometimes emotionally, leaving behind our plans and perceptions, and moving towards change, the future, the new and the unknown - all with the potential to disturb our comfort zone and to generate an element of fear and anxiety.  

A Reflection for the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

After spending time with today’s Gospel passage, I’m struck by the difficult and challenging conversation that was ongoing in the group. Jesus was sharing the future as he understood it. It was going to be a difficult future. But Peter refused that future, and was reprimanded by Jesus.

A Reflection for the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (Be opened!). At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly. Today’s Gospel is an extraordinary scene of healing. When I read it, I had a sense of wanting to be there. What must it have been like to witness a man hearing and speaking clearly for the first time? The utter expression of joy that must have been written on his face would have been a scene to behold.