Reflection on Matthew 22:15-22(20th Sunday after Pentecost)

The Gospel according to Matthew 22:15-22 The Pharisees went and plotted to entrap Jesus 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 youContinue reading “Reflection on Matthew 22:15-22(20th Sunday after Pentecost)”

Reflection on Matthew 22:1-14 (19th Sunday after Pentecost)

Let us Pray: Let us pray to the Lord to open the eyes of the blind by the light of His Word and to open the ears of the deaf with the voice of His Gospel, and for the Lord to clear the way for all people to know the riches of His grace, theContinue reading “Reflection on Matthew 22:1-14 (19th Sunday after Pentecost)”

Reflection on Matthew 21:33-46 (18th Sunday after Pentecost)

Let us Pray: Holy God, give us a willing spirit, that we may serve You with all that we have and all that we are. Help us to be faithful and fruitful in the godly use of Your resources and gifts, that we may use them in accord with Your will and for Your glory. Continue reading “Reflection on Matthew 21:33-46 (18th Sunday after Pentecost)”

Reflection on Matthew 21:23-32 (17th Sunday after Pentecost)

Let us Pray: Everlasting God, you do everything possible for our spiritual growth and well-being, yet we so often choose the path of alienation and violence. Let us pray trustfully to the God who has loved us into being and cherished us all our lives. This we pray in Jesus name. Amen  Matthew focuses onContinue reading “Reflection on Matthew 21:23-32 (17th Sunday after Pentecost)”

Reflection on Matthew 20:1-16 (16th Sunday after Pentecost)

The wilderness in the Exodus passage, Exodus 16:2-15, provides a perfect setting for God to be exactly what the people need at this moment in time. It seems people are complaining against guidelines set by our leaders.  “Then the LORD said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and eachContinue reading “Reflection on Matthew 20:1-16 (16th Sunday after Pentecost)”

Reflection on Romans 14:1-12 (15th Sunday after Pentecost)

Romans 14: 5-6:  Some judge one day to be better than another, while others judge all days to be alike. Let all be fully convinced in their own minds. Those who observe the day, observe it in honor of the Lord. Some thoughts about today that tie into Romans 14: 5-6 Be glad for today,Continue reading “Reflection on Romans 14:1-12 (15th Sunday after Pentecost)”

Reflection on Matthew 18:15-20 (14th Sunday after Pentecost)

This week’s Romans and Matthew readings are connected to show how important love and understanding are in our lives.   I am going to open with a few thoughts about life’s journey and a way we can look at healing, a way to understand another person. I will still walk with you if you willContinue reading “Reflection on Matthew 18:15-20 (14th Sunday after Pentecost)”

Reflection on Matthew 16:21-28 (13th Sunday after Pentecost)

Let us Pray: Loving God we recognize our responsibility to encourage and uphold one another and to live together in peace and love. We also recognize our needs and our human weaknesses and come to you now with our prayers and petitions. Amen Again I am so amazed at the timeliness of the lessons> AsContinue reading “Reflection on Matthew 16:21-28 (13th Sunday after Pentecost)”

Reflection on Matthew 16:13-20 (12th Sunday after Pentecost)

Let us pray: Everlasting God, we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus Christ and for revealing him as Messiah and Savior of the World. Thank you that your son gave Saint Peter the keys to the kingdom as a reward for his lively and outspoken faith and so became the bedrock foundationContinue reading “Reflection on Matthew 16:13-20 (12th Sunday after Pentecost)”