Scripture Reading & Reflections

“As for Mary, she treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19)

“Like Mary whose name we bear, we are called to hear the word of God and keep it. Our attentive listening shapes in us a contemplative and prophetic attitude toward the whole of life and enables us to act in ways which witness to God’s love and justice.” (SNDdeN Constitution 47)

Perhaps our reflections on the weekly Gospel will help you nurture your own relationship with God.

Glimpses of God’s Goodness

Through these reflections on the Gospel Readings for the Sundays and Major Feasts of the Liturgical Year, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur from various parts of the world share with you their thoughts and ponderings on these Scripture passages. These reflections are posted in the language of the author with links to translation.

These Scripture readings and reflections reveal Glimpses of God’s Goodness in our daily lives. We pray that these reflections will strengthen your faith, renew your hope and enflame the love of God in you, and through you, to others.

Deuxième dimanche de Carême – Soeur Antoinette Tombozi, SNDdeN

le 25 février, 2024 Marc 9, 2-10 En ce deuxième dimanche de Carême, l’Eglise notre mère nous invite à méditer sur la Transfiguration de Jésus dans l’Evangile de saint Marc 9,2-10. Jésus prit avec lui Pierre, Jacques et Jean, et les emmena eux seuls, à l’écart sur une...

Second Sunday of Lent – Sister Antoinette Tombozi, SNDdeN

February 25, 2024 Mark 9; 2-10 On this second Sunday of Lent, the Church our mother invites us to meditate on the Transfiguration of Jesus according to the Gospel of Mark. “Jesus took Peter, James and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. There in...

First Sunday of Lent – Sister Biddy Rose Tiernan, SNDdeN

February 18, 2024   Mark 1: 12-15 We are at the beginning of our own Desert experience on this First Sunday of Lent 2024. Wherever we are in the world, in the north or the south, the east or the west, we are surely aware of the moral  barrenness, the human...

Ash Wednesday – Sister Nancy Wellmeier, SNDdeN

February 14, 2024 Matthew 6: 1-6, 16-18 Jesus’ teaching on the mountainside gives us not only the “Our Father” but our “marching orders” for Lent: prayer, almsgiving and fasting. Jesus expects us to work at purifying our intentions when we pray and in all of our...

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sister Helen Bellew, SNDdeN

February 4, 2024 Mark 1: 29-39 “And she waited on them” In Mark’s narrative, this story occurs at the beginning of Jesus public ministry. Preceding this event is the account of Jesus baptism by John in the Jordan, and His 40 days of prayer and fasting in the desert....

Presentation of the Lord – Sister Camilla Burns, SNDdeN

February 2, 2024 Luke 2: 22-40 The 2nd day of February 1804 Is a day forever memorable in the Annals of the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur as the day marking our origin. On that day, Julie Billiart, Franꞔoise Blin de Bourdon and Catherine Duchậtel...

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sister Mary O’Brien, SNDdeN

January 21, 2024 Mark 1: 14-20 Perhaps it is significant that John had been arrested before the events described in this Gospel story occurred. That was a turning point, certainly in the life of John himself and of all his friends. He had known that he faced danger in...

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sister Janelle Sevier, SNDdeN

January 14, 2024 John 1: 35-42 A few things call me to stop and ponder in the readings this weekend; the first is the call of Samuel. Do you, like Samuel, ever experience something that “awakens” you- over and over- a “rumbling” or some call or happening within you?...

Feast of the Epiphany – Sister Catherine Waldron, SNDdeN

January 7, 2024 Matthew 2: 1-12   How often have you wondered how the magi could have known the message of the Star? I have pondered this ever since I first listened to the account of the Magi’s journey. We are told that the Magi were astronomers — observers of...

Solemnity – Mary Mother of God – Sister Tess Rynn, SNDdeN

January 1, 2024 Luke 2: 16-21 I suspect that Mary could have had very little idea that her ‘yes’ of the ‘Annunciation would lead to a Bethlehem stable and a visit from shepherds, on the night she became, ‘Mother of God.’ These unexpected first visitors were the...

Feast of the Holy Family – Sister Shamani Mumpande, SNDdeN

December 31, 2023 Luke 2: 22-40 The Gospel presents to us Mary and Joseph, Anna, Simeon and Jesus, in the temple. Perhaps, the question is, what made them congregate in the Temple of the Lord? Mary and Joseph yearned to go to Jerusalem as the Law prescribed; they were...

Christmas Day – Sister Barbara Barry, SNDdeN

December 25, 2023 John 1: 1-18 I have a heavy heart this Christmas. It seems that death is all around me, everywhere I turn. Remembrances of relatives and friends dying during December and most dramatically, the faces of Palestinian, Jewish and Ukrainian children that...

Christmas at Dawn – Sister Gwynette Proctor, SNDdeN

December 25, 2023 Luke 2: 15-20 The scriptures for the Fourth Sunday of Advent remind me that Mary and Joseph were a homeless family standing outside the inn on that cold night with nowhere to go. When Jesus was born, he was homeless in a stable because “there was no...

Vigil of Christmas – Sister Elizabeth Sichangi, SNDdeN

December 24, 2023 Matthew 1: 1-25 Merry Christmas to you All!!! MERRY is a word derived from the old English MYRIGE meaning pleasant or agreeable. While the name CHRISTMAS got its name from Mass of Christ. Therefore, MERRY CHRISTMAS simply means being as happy as you...

Fourth Sunday in Advent – Sister Angele Lewis, SNDdeN

December 24, 2023 Luke 1: 26-38 “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Being a “servant” or a “handmaid” of the Lord certainly does not mean having all the answers to what God has in mind. Rather it does mean being open,...

Third Sunday of Advent – Sister Michela Sheehan, SNDdeN

December 17, 2023 John 1: 6-8, 19-28 Consider John. Today’s Gospel speaks of him. John was sent by God to testify to the light so that all might believe. He was not the light, but came to testify to the light the true light which enlightens everyone. John traveled and...

Second Sunday of Advent – Sister Edithann Kane, SNDdeN

December 10, 2023 Matthew 1: 1-8 “…the Lord will come to save the nations, and the Lord will make the glory of his voice heard in the joy of your heart.” Today’s entrance antiphon expresses well the joy of this season and the anticipation of God-Love who came, comes,...

Feast of the Immaculate Conception – Sister Mary McClure, SNDdeN

Luke 1: 26-38 For Sisters of Notre Dame , feasts of Our Lady have a special significance. “Julie named her Congregation Sisters of Notre Dame as an expression of her love for Mary, woman of faith.” Mary was one of the poor of Yahweh – those who waited for the coming...