Peter and Jesus feature in yet another story for the Gospel reading in this twenty-second Sunday in ordinary time. Jesus orders his spokesman to Get behind me, Satan! At the same time, he asks the disciples to take up the cross. This account represents an unusual turn of events, since Jesus had just extended Peter […]

The Gospel reading for the sixth Sunday of Easter  is a continuation of Christ’s reflection at the Last Supper.  His homily, preserved only in the Fourth Gospel, makes no reference to the Eucharist, bread or wine. Instead, Jesus gives us an extended discourse on his relationship with the Father, the Holy Spirit, and his disciples. […]

Readings for August 21st.   21st Sunday, including Matthew 16:13-20. The passage in Matthew 16, where Peter confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, is a singular event in Matthew’s gospel. There is no transition – it has neither a preface nor a postscript.  It is, however, one of the most important passages in Matthew’s […]