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.

Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

Matt. 18: 21-35 Sunday Reflection by Sister Marie Andre Mitchell, SNDdeN Forgiveness without Limit. Today’s gospel is all about forgiveness. It begins with Peter asking Jesus, “How often must I forgive…” Peter was feeling magnanimous and gives the largest number he...

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

There are many ways is which we may be called. People may call us directly or by the phone. They may call us by silent signs or send somebody to call us to them. Some of the earliest converts to Christianity came from the circle of John the Baptist’s disciples....

The Baptism of the Lord

Mark 1: 7-11 The Baptism of the Lord - Sister Esther Adama, SNDdeN The Church today celebrates the feast of the Baptism of the Lord which is regarded as the second feast of the Lord’s manifestation after the feast of Epiphany. In both feasts the identity of Jesus was...

Feast of the Epiphany

Matt. 2:1-12 Sunday Reflection by Sister Ellen Keane, SNDdeN The journey of the Magi was a pilgrimage to a holy place, but more importantly, their pilgrimage was, first and foremost, an inward journey…the kind of journeying that was soulful, that was sacred…that...

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Luke 2: 16-21 Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God - Sister Tess Rynn “For today a child is born for us, a son given to us.” Seemingly just that – a child is born. Today’s feast however points us to that other momentous reality -- Mary is the mother of this child and Mary...

Feast of the Holy Family

Luke 2: 22-40 Feast of the Holy Family - Sister Biddy Rose Tiernan, SNDdeN   The celebration of this feast each year soon after Christmas is always a reminder to me of the thoroughness of the Incarnation … the full humanity that the Word of God, Jesus, took when...

Christmas Dawn

Luke 2: 15 - 20 Sunday Reflection by Sister Maria Delaney, SNDdeN Major celebrations normally encompass extended opportunities for people to gather and enjoy each other’s company. Multiple Masses beginning on Christmas Eve and extending into Christmas morning allow...

Christmas Midnight

  Feast Day Reflection by Sister Priscilla Aliu, SNDdeN I want to begin this reflection with the words of my favourite and timeless Christmas song, “O Holy Night” written by Placide Cappeau and later composed into music by Adolphe Adam in 1847. The first few lines and...

Vigil of the Nativity of the Lord

Matthew 1: 1-25 Feast Day Reflection by Sister Marilyn Kerber, SNDdeN I don’t think I will ever forget the introduction to a Christmas Eve homily I heard many years ago. The celebrant began “It’s a girl!” This certainly brought me, and I would imagine the other...

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Luke 1: 26-38 Watching and Waiting with Hope Recently, the words from this hymn came to me, “O come, O come Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel.” They woke me in the early morning to watch and wait for the dawning of a new day. This year the world is watching and...

Third Sunday of Advent

John 1: 6-8, 19-28 Sunday Reflection by Sister Mary O'Brien, SNDdeN The third Sunday of Advent is traditionally known as Gaudete Sunday – ‘Rejoice for the Lord is near’. I am writing this at a time when, in England, we are in lockdown at least until 2 December. There...

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Luke 1: 26-38 Feast Day Reflection by Sister Anne Louise Nadeau, SNDdeN DOES IT REALLY MATTER? Mary, what are we to believe about you? How do we strip away the myths, the folklore, the falsehoods, and the mysteries surrounding your personhood? How do we look under the...

Second Sunday of Advent

Mark 1:1-8 Sunday Reflection by Sister Ginny Scally, SNDdeN In today’s Second Reading, we are assured that “the Lord is not being slow. The Lord is being patient…wanting (us) to change our ways,” so that “righteousness will be at home” among us. But God DOES seem, not...

First Sunday of Advent

  Sunday Reflection by Sister Marna Rogers, SNDdeN The Nobel Poet for 2020 is an American writer, Louise Gluck, of whom the Nobel Committee notes in the award statement..."a poet of radical change and rebirth, where the leap forward is made from a deep sense of...

Feast of Christ the King

Matthew 25: 31-46 Sunday Reflection by Sister Roseanne Murphy, SNDdeN As we come to the end of our liturgical year, we find the images of Christ as Shepherd and as King. In the first reading for today, the prophet Ezekiel portrays an image of Christ as a loving,...

Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Matt. 25: 14-30 Sunday Reflection by Sister Esther Adama, SNDdeN Beloved in Christ, the word of God today talks about how active and committed we ought to be as Christians with our God given talents. It also calls us to action, not carelessness in faith. The three...

Thirty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

  Sunday Reflection by Sister Eileen Cassidy, SNDdeN An initial reading of this parable about the wise and foolish virgins feels rather uncomfortable on two counts: it seems to approve of the wise virgins’ apparently selfish behaviour which resulted in the foolish...

Commemoration of the Faithful Departed

John 6: 37-40 Feast Day Reflection by Sister Betty Smoyer, SNDdeN Our hearts are stretched wide as we gather in the love of deceased relatives, friends, co-workers and community members on this All Souls Day. Our hearts are stretched as we pray for all those who have...

La fête de Toussaint

Mattieu 5, 1-12a Réflection par Soeur Adrienne Kapela, SNDdeN Chantez, louez, célébrez le Seigneur…… Créés à l’image de Dieu et à sa ressemblance, chanter et louer le Créateur est la raison d’être des baptisé(e)s. Il nous invite, chaque jour davantage, à découvrir...

Feast of All Saints

Matthew 5: 1-12 Sing, praise, celebrate the Lord… Created in the image of God and resembling God, singing and praising the Creator are the purpose of our being baptized.  God invites us, more and more each day, to discover the immensity of his love for each one of...