Lectionary Reflections

Weekly Lectionary Reflections from the Passionist JPIC Office

Protect our Coast from Oil Spills

Mar 1, 2013

PROTECT OUR COAST FROM OIL SPILLS In mid-February 50,000 people from all over the country gathered in Washington DC to challenge our government to halt the building of the Tar Sands Pipeline. This monumental structure is conceived to stretch the length of the country and through part of Canada, harming the environment in many ways, ... Read more

Lenten Reflections

Mar 1, 2013

Lenten Reflections written by Joe Grant, JustFaith Program Staff But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door…  Matthew 6:6   When I would go to my listening place, closing the door to be alone in the quiet, the whole world would come knocking, banging to be let in.   The more I ... Read more

Pentecost Sunday: Unity and Peace

Jun 8, 2011

Lectionary Readings: (taken for the meditations of Fr. Carroll Stuhlmueller, CP) Acts 2:1-11. The awesome descent of the Spirit, so that all are caught up in wonder and hear the marvels of God spoken in their own tongues. 1 Corinthians 12: 3-7, 12-13. There are different gifts but the same Spirit. In the one Spirit ... Read more

Solemnity of the Ascension: “What are human beings that you are mindful of them?”

Jun 1, 2011

Lectionary Readings: (taken from the meditations of Fr. Carroll Stuhlmueller, CP) Acts 1: 1-11. Between Easter and Ascension Jesus instructed the apostles and advised them to “wait… [for] you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Eventually Jesus will return gloriously, the same way by which he ascended from their midst. Ephesians 1: 17-23. Christ’s ... Read more

Sixth Sunday of Easter: “But in all creatures there is found the trace of the Trinity”

May 26, 2011

Lectionary Readings: (From the Biblical meditations of Fr. Carroll Stuhlmueller, CP) Acts 8:5-8, 14-17. Philip the deacon evangelizes Samaria. Peter and John come to impose hands that the newly baptized persons may receive the Holy Spirit. Peter 3: 15-18. “Speak gently and respectfully” when asked about “this hope of yours.” It is better to suffer ... Read more

Fifth Sunday of Easter: The Option for the Poor

May 19, 2011

Lectionary Readings: Acts 6: 1-7. The early church grows with many converts including Jewish Priest. The Deaconate is developed to help serve the needs of the poor. 1 Peter 2:4-9. Peter continues with this early baptismal liturgy by commissioning the disciples as “a chosen race, a royal priesthood.”  John 14:1-12. Jesus describes the intimate relationship ... Read more

Fourth Sunday of Easter: “The Wounded Healer”

May 12, 2011

Lectionary Readings: (taken from the meditations of Fr. Carroll Stuhlmueller, CP) Acts 2:14, 36-41. Peter, on Pentecost, preaches that “the whole house of Israel should know… that God has made both Lord and Messiah this Jesus whom you crucified.” The people must reform and be baptized. 1 Peter 2:20-25. Peter continues his baptismal instruction that ... Read more

Third Sunday of Easter: The “Gospel of Life”

May 4, 2011

Lectionary Readings: Acts 2:14, 22-28. On Pentecost, Peter stated that Jesus was handed over to death “by the set purpose and plan of God” and therefore could not be bound by death’s bitter pangs. He was shown “the paths of life.” 1 Peter 1:17-21. We have been redeemed not “by silver or gold but by ... Read more

Second Sunday of Easter: “Mere Christianity”

Apr 27, 2011

Lectionary Readings: Acts 2:42-47. A portrayal of the first Christian community at Jerusalem. The disciples held their property and goods in common, worshiped together at the temple, and broke the bread of the Eucharist in the privacy of their home. 1 Peter 1:3-9. This early hymn celebrates new birth in the sacrament of baptism. A ... Read more

Easter Sunday: Living in the Hope of Easter!

Apr 21, 2011

Lectionary Readings: (Taken from Fr. Carroll Stuhlmueller, CP’s Biblical Meditations for Easter Sunday) Acts 10:34, 37-43. The apostles are personal witnesses that Jesus rose from the dead, for they “ate and drank with him.” They are commissioned to preach Jesus, to whom the prophets testify and through whom there is forgiveness of sin. Colossians 3:1-4. ... Read more