Jesus saves a woman’s daughter after a great show of faith in Him!
Gospel Reflection for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In today’s gospel, a Canaanite woman speaks to Jesus and says, “Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon.” When Jesus did not reply, the woman said, “Lord, help me.” Jesus replied, “It is not right to take the food of children and throw it to the dogs.” The woman said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their master.”
Jesus is not being mean to the woman. He knows she has faith in Him, but He is testing her faith. It would be easy to trust Jesus if we knew He was going to answer all of our prayers all of the time. When our faith is tested, our faith grows stronger. Jesus answers the woman’s prayer because He saw her faith was strong and that she was humble.
Jesus saves Peter from drowning in a storm at sea!
Gospel Reflection for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In today’s gospel, the disciples are in a boat on the water during a storm. Then, Jesus came to them walking on the water, and He said to them, “Take courage. It is I. Do not be afraid.” Peter starts walking to Jesus on the water. As long as He stays focused on Jesus, Peter could walk on the water, but then he saw the waves and the storm, and he was scared. Then he started sinking, but he said, “Lord, save me,” and Jesus saved him.
After he rescued Peter, Jesus says, “Oh, you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Jesus knows that we’re weak and that bad things happen that scare us, but He wants us to trust Him. He wants us to keep our eyes on Him even when life is difficult. Jesus is always walking beside us, and when we are scared we can always pray to Him, “Lord, save me,” and He will be right there to save us just like He saved Peter.
Jesus performs the miracle of loaves and fishes, feeding many people following him!
Gospel Reflection for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In today’s gospel, we hear about the miracle of five loaves and two fish. Jesus asked the disciples if they had any food to feed the many people that had been listening to Jesus. The disciples told Jesus that they only had five loaves and two fish, but then Jesus made a miracle; the five loaves of bread and the two fishes became enough to feed thousands of people.
Jesus asked his disciples and all the people who were there to trust Him. He knew He could feed the people who were there, but He wanted them to believe in Him too. Also, in this gospel, we hear, “Taking the five loaves and the two fish, looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples….” This reminds us of the Last Supper when Jesus broke bread and gave it to his disciples.
This gospel reminds us that we should give God everything: our talents, our gifts, our prayers, our sacrifices, and everything we do. Even if we are small and we feel like we don’t matter or can’t do much, Jesus helps us grow and makes what we do matter just like he multiplied the five loaves of bread and the two fish.
Gospel Reflection for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In today’s gospel, Jesus tells his disciples three more parables about the kingdom of Heaven. In the first parable, Jesus says, “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field.” Our faith in Jesus is like this treasure. We have to take the time to listen to Jesus, to love Him, and pray to Him just as the person in the parable took the time to dig for treasure.
In the second parable, Jesus says, “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls.” Our faith in Jesus is like a pearl, but there are also many things that distract us from Jesus. These are like the fake pearls that distract us from the real treasure.
Then, in the last parable, Jesus tells his disciples, ““Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind.” This reminds us that every person in the world is different. We each help to make the world a different and special place. We all grow together – some of us do good things and some of us do bad. In the end, Jesus will reward those who do good and punish those who do bad just as the fisherman keeps the good fish and throws away the bad ones.
Jesus’ tells three different stories about how good actions help us get to heaven!
Gospel Reflection for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In today’s gospel, Jesus tells three parables about the Kingdom of Heaven. In the first parable, Jesus tells us about a field that has wheat and weeds. This parable reminds us that there are many different people in the world. Some people are good, and other people do bad things, but in the end, we have to remember that only God knows our hearts and only He can truly judge what we have done.
In the parable of the mustard seed, Jesus talks about how a tiny mustard seed, when it is planted, becomes a big tree. Jesus is like the mustard seed because He was humble and obedient. Jesus’ death and resurrection are like the seed planted in the ground. Because Jesus died for us, we can all live in Him and with Him in Heaven, just like the birds resting in a tree.
In the last parable, Jesus talks about how a little yeast spreads through the whole loaf of bread. We are like the yeast. It doesn’t matter if we are small or feel as if we cannot do a lot. Even little sacrifices or acts of kindness can make a big difference just like a little bit of yeast makes a big difference in the loaf of bread.
We must prepare our hearts so Jesus’ teachings can grow within us!
Gospel Reflection for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In today’s gospel, we hear the Parable of the Sower. Jesus tells the people about the seeds that fell on hard ground, seeds that fell on rocky ground, seeds that fell into thorns, and seeds that fell into good soil. The seeds remind us of Jesus’ teaching. The different places the seeds fall, remind us of our hearts.
This parable reminds us that if we do not turn to Jesus, or if we love anything more than we love Him, He cannot find a home inside of our hearts. We have to love Jesus with our whole heart and obey His teachings, then He can live and act in us.
Jesus will always help us with hard stuff just like parents help their children!
Gospel Reflection for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In today’s gospel, Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” When we are tired, angry, worried, or frustrated, we can turn to Jesus for help, and He will always be there for us.
Jesus also mentions “little ones” in today’s gospel. Children have to trust their parents, older siblings, and others to take care of their needs. Jesus wants us to trust Him the way that children trust their parents. He will never let us down, so we can bring Him all of our problems, and all of our worries, and all of our pain, because He loves us, He will help us, and He will walk beside us every step of the way.
Jesus teaches that we must love Him before anyone else in our lives!
Gospel Reflection for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In today’s gospel, Jesus says, “Whoever loves mother or father more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me”. This does not mean that we should not love our parents or our children. Jesus is telling us that we have to love Him more than anything or anyone else on earth.
We are also reminded that Jesus lives inside of each of us, and when we are nice to others, we are actually being kind to Jesus. Jesus said, “Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.” That means if we help our Mom or Dad, or we play with someone who is lonely, or if we spend time with our brothers and sisters we are actually doing it all for Jesus since He lives inside of every person.
Jesus explains sin and how He loves us even when we sin!
Gospel Reflection for the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In today’s gospel, Jesus tells His disciples, “do not be afraid of those who can kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both the body and the soul….” Jesus is telling us that we should try as hard as we can to stay away from sin. When we sin, we hurt God and we also hurt our souls. Even when we sin, Jesus is waiting for us in the Sacrament of Confession so that we can say we are sorry. Jesus forgives us through the priest and our souls are clean and healed.
We like feeling loved, safe, and protected, so Jesus told His disciples, “do not be afraid.” We are safe with Jesus because He loves us, and He will always protect us just like He cares for all of His creation.
Jesus tells the people about the mystery of Holy Communion!
Gospel Reflection for the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)
In today’s gospel, Jesus tells the people “I am the living bread that came down from heaven”. He tells them that His body and blood will give them eternal life. They were confused and said, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”. But Jesus was really talking about the mystery of Holy Communion.
During the Last Supper, Jesus took bread and wine and turned it into His body and blood so that He could be with us in a special way. This was the first consecration! Today, during every Mass, the priest says the words of consecration that Jesus said during the Last Supper: “take this, all of you, and eat of it, for this is my body” and “take this, all of you, and drink of it, for this is my blood.”
When we receive Jesus in Holy Communion, He comes to live inside our hearts, and He fills us with life.