Gospel

28th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Christ The King From the Parish Priest's Desk

Personal relationship with Jesus In today’s Gospel, an unnamed man approaches Jesus and inquiries about what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus replies that one must follow the commandments of the Law of Moses. The man acknowledges that he has observed all of these since his childhood. Jesus then says that only one thing is lacking: he must …

Gospel

27th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Christ The King From the Parish Priest's Desk

Jesus’ emphasis on the importance of family In the Gospel today, the Pharisees question Jesus about the lawfulness of divorce. Under specific conditions, divorce was an accepted practice among the Jewish people during the time of Jesus. It was regulated by the Law of Moses, as found in Deuteronomy 24:1-5. This law only permits that a husband may divorce his …

Mark gospel

26th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Christ The King From the Parish Priest's Desk

Anyone who is not against us is for us In today’s Gospel, the disciple John questions Jesus about an unknown exorcist who was driving out demons in Jesus’ name. John’s question might have been motivated by jealousy. Previously in Mark’s Gospel, Jesus healed a boy whom the disciples had been unable to heal. John’s question is further evidence that the …

Mark gospel

25th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Christ The King From the Parish Priest's Desk

First in God’s kingdom must be servants of all In today’s Gospel, we hear Jesus again predict his passion, death, and Resurrection to his disciples. The setting here is important. Jesus and his disciples are preparing to journey through Galilee, a Jewish territory in which Jesus has already encountered problems with the Pharisees. Perhaps this is why Mark indicates that …

Mark gospel

24th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Christ The King From the Parish Priest's Desk

To follow in the Way of the Cross Today’s reading is the turning point in Mark’s Gospel. In the presentation of the life and ministry of Jesus found in the Gospel of Mark, the deeds of Jesus have shown Jesus to be the Son of God. Yet many, including Jesus’ disciples, have not yet realized his identity. In today’s Gospel, …