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.

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sister Priscilla Aliu, SNDdeN

June 9, 2024 Mark 3: 20-35 Jesus lived for his father’s mission on earth. He spent himself for the world that our brokenness might be healed so as to retrace our steps back to the love of God our father. In Jesus’ unrelenting efforts to save the people, some did not...

Holy Trinity Sunday – Sister Marie Tighe, SNDdeN

May 26, 2024 Matthew 28: 16-20 Today in the Gospel Jesus reveals to us the names of the three Persons in the Trinity; Father; Son; and Holy Spirit. In Scripture, great power and significance are attached to names. In the Book of Genesis this is apparent when God gives...

Pentecost Sunday – Virginia Scally, SNDdeN

May 19, 2024 John 20: 19-23 “Peace be with you.” This greeting of Jesus was indeed, a repetition of his Last Supper wish! But “a lot of water has gone under the bridge” since then: his unbelievable betrayal and arrest, the sham of a trial, the  rejection of Jesus by...

Sixth Sunday of Easter – Liane Delsuc, SNDdeN

May 5, 2024 John 15: 9-17 John 15:9-17   A Call,a Challenge, a Promise In today’s gospel, we hear a call, a challenge, a promise from Jesus.  The reading invites us to reflect on the incredible mystery of Love revealed by Jesus and our response to it. Jesus says,...

Fifth Sunday of Easter – Katy Webster, SNDdeN

April 28, 2024 John 15: 1-8 I am the vine, you are the branches, and my Father is the farmer.  We can picture this story.  The vine comes out of the ground, and the branches sprout, grow, grow and begin to bear fruit.... grapes, red, purple, green with juice and...

Quinto Domingo do Tempo Pascal – Irmã Katy Webster

28 de abril de 2024 João 15: 1-8 Eu sou a videira, vocês são os ramos, e meu Pai é o agricultor.  Dá de visualizar isso.  O videiro sai da terra, e os ramos brotam, crescem, enramam e começam a botar fruta....uvas, vermelhas, roxas, verdes com suco e sabor.  O...

Quatrieme Dimanche de Paques – Soeur Godlieve Ziunga, SNDdeN

le 21 avril, 2024 Jn 10, 11-18 En ce quatrième dimanche du temps de Pâques, l’Eglise notre mère nous parle de Jésus le bon Pasteur.  A travers cette péricope de l’Evangile, Jésus se présente comme le bon Berger, le bon Pasteur. Il dit : « je connais mes brebis et mes...

Fourth Sunday of Easter – Sister Godlieve Ziunga, SNDdeN

April 21, 2024 John 10: 11-18 On this fourth Sunday in the Easter season, the Church, our mother, speaks to us about Jesus, the Good Shepherd.  By means of this section of the Gospel, Jesus represents himself as the Good Shepherd.  He says, “I know my sheep and my...

Third Sunday of Easter – Sister Mary Cluderay, SNDdeN

April 14, 2024 Luke 24: 35 - 48   I began to write these words during Holy Week and my first thought comes from my years as a Novice in 1948 when I began to study deeply the life of Jesus. I remember reading in the Gospel during Holy Week, the words of Jesus " I...

Second Sunday of Easter – Sister Eileen Cassidy, SNDdeN

April 7, 2024 John 20: 19-31   The second half of today’s Gospel focuses on Thomas, commonly designated as ‘doubting’ Thomas, and it’s understandable that many of us may resist being identified with Thomas because of this designation. But I would question the...

Easter Sunday – Maria Delaney, SNDdeN

March 31, 2024 John 20: 1-9 ALLELUIAS RING OUT THROUGHOUT CHRISTENDOM THESE NEXT WEEKS AS CHRISTIANS AROUND THE WORLD REJOICE THAT JESUS, THE CENTRAL FIGURE OF OUR BELIEFS, HAS CONQUERED DEATH. Most Christians have formed a picture of the Resurrection in their minds,...

Holy Saturday – Sister Esther Adama, SNDdeN

March 30, 2024 Mark 16: 1-7 The Catholic Church in her wisdom through the liturgical year, brings the whole world to reflect actively and consciously on the Easter Triduum.My reflection on the gospel of the Easter Vigil Mass, will begin by looking at the origin of the...

Good Friday – Sister Betsy Flynn, SNDdeN

March 29, 2024 John 18: 1-19, 42 “Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree…” The words of the black spiritual came to mind as I wondered who was there? Why were they there? What did they share that spoke to my heart...

Holy Thursday – Sister Josephine Threlfall, SNDdeN

March 28, 2024 John 13: 1-15 Today our Lenten journey reaches its climax in the Triduum of the Passion. Just a few days ago on Palm Sunday we celebrated Jesus triumphal entry into Jerusalem, but the mood has changed over the days since then. Now it is the day of the...

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion by Sister Barbara Barry, SNDdeN

March 24, 2024 Mark 11:1-10 The Church refers to this sabbath as Palm Sunday. The liturgy begins with a solemn procession and a remembering of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. Mark’s gospel says that “many people” spread their cloaks on the ground or laid palm branches...