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.

Derde zondag na Pasen Liturgisch

Derde zondag na Pasen Liturgisch jaar B  - Zuster Nina Vandamme, SNDdeN 18 April,  2021 Bezinning bij Lc. 24:35-48 Dit evangelie volgt op wat twee leerlingen beleefden in het Emmaüsverhaal. Ze ontmoeten een man, Jezus, die vol belangstelling en meeleven met hen mee...

Third Sunday of Easter

Third Sunday of Easter - Sister Nina Vandamme, SNDdeN April 18, 2021 Luke 24: 35-48 This gospel reading comes after the experience of two disciples in the Emmaus narrative. They meet a man – Jesus – who, full of understanding and empathy, joins them on their journey...

Second Sunday of Easter

Second Sunday of Easter - Sister Shamani Mampande, SNDdeN John 20: 19-31 April 11, 2021 It is the second Sunday after Easter.  With joyful lips we all sing “Alleluia,” for He is risen indeed. He is full of mercy and comes to give us life, life in abundance, only if we...

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday  - Sister Theresa Rynn, SNDdeN Mark 16 1-8 April 4, 2021 I have often thought how lucky I am to have been born in a country where Easter coincides with Spring. The winter waiting is over and all the signs in nature speak of new awakenings, new life, and...

Vendredi Saint – français

Vendredi Saint - Soeur Honorine Yamba, SNDdeN Jean 18, 1-19, 42 le 2 avril, 2021 Nous célébrons le premier jour du Triduum pascal. C'est donc le jour de la croix victorieuse, d'où Jésus nous a laissé le meilleur de Lui-même: Marie comme mère, le pardon —à ses...

Good Friday – English

Good Friday - Sister Honorine Yamba, SNDdeN John 18: 1-19, 42 April 2, 2021 We are celebrating the first day of the Pascal Triduum. It is the day of the victorious cross upon which Jesus left us the best of himself: Mary as mother, pardon including to his...

Holy Thursday

Holy Thursday - Sister Barbara Thiella, SNDdeN John 13:1-15 April 1, 2021 Hear Me: Do What I Do and Remember Me Come, let us walk together into a supper room and observe Jesus and his closest companions reclining at a table. As twilight disappears, it is Passover....

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday - Sister Barbara Metz, SNDdeN Mark 14:1 - 15:47 March 28, 2021 Today’s feast introduces us to the holiest week of the Church year. The scene opens for us with Jesus coming into the Holy City of Jerusalem at the time of the feast of the Passover seated on a...

Fifth Sunday in Lent

Fifth Sunday in Lent - Sister Marilyn Pechillo, SNDdeN John 12: 20 - 33 March 21, 2021 Today’s Gospel reading offers a paradigm of Christian life. It speaks of making the effort to meet Jesus, embracing His teaching and living the Paschal Mystery. It also reminds us...

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Fourth Sunday of Lent - Sister Roseann Murphy, SNDdeN John 3:14-21 March 14, 2021 The readings for this Sunday are full of stories of the tension between light and darkness, sin and forgiveness. In the first reading, we learn that God allowed the Israelites to be...

Third Sunday in Lent

Third Sunday in Lent - Sister Camilla Burns, SNDdeN March 7, 2021 In today’s Gospel, we are moving from the wedding feast at Cana to a riot in the temple. In the Synoptic Gospels, the overturning of the tables in the temple is one of the last things Jesus does before...

Second Sunday of Lent

Second Sunday of Lent - Sister Magdalen Lawler, SNDdeN Mark 9: 2-10 February 28, 2021 The Transfiguration Uncreated Light. ‘Longing to become in us everything You are…’In these days of darkness into which we have been plunged by the pandemic, we long for light to...

Quarta-feira de Cinzas

Quarta-feira de Cinzas - Irmã Maria Tecla da Silva, SNDdeN Mateus 6, 1-6, 16-18 14 de fevereiro de 2021 O Evangelho de hoje indica os elementos para uma caminhada  espiritual: a oração, o jejum e a esmola (cf. Mt 6, 1-6.16-18). Estes três elementos exigem a...

Ash Wednesday – English

Ash Wednesday - Sister Maria Tecla da Silva, SNDdeN Matthew 6: 1-6, 16-18 February 17, 2021 CHARITY, PRAYER AND FASTING - Today's Gospel highlights the elements of a spiritual journey: prayer, fasting and almsgiving (cf. Mt 6, 1-6.16-18). These three demand that one...

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sister Marie Tighe, SNDdeN February 14, 2021 Mark 1: 40-45 “Lord if you want to you can cure me.” Jesus saw the man’s tremendous courage in risking the anger of the people who shunned him and refused to allow him to come near to them....

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 1: 29-39 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sister Mary Ann Cook, SNDdeN February 7, 2021 Today’s gospel is from the fast-paced first chapter of Mark. In rapid succession, Mark has had Jesus baptized in the Jordan, tempted in the desert, preaching with authority,...

Festa da Apresentação do Senhor – Português

  Lucas 2, 22-40 - Irmã Sandra Araújo dos Santos, SNDdeN 2 de fevereiro de 2021 Este Evangelho, que nos é tão familiar, sempre pode nos surpreender se assim o permitirmos. Hoje, ao lê-lo para preparar minha contribuição para o espaço de espiritualidade no site...

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

  Luke 2: 22-40 - Sister Sandra Araújo dos Santos, SNDdeN February 2, 2021 Fall and Rise - Pain and Consolation - Just and Devout This Gospel, so familiar to us, can always surprise us if we allow it to. Today, as I read it to prepare my contribution to the...

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

  Mark 1: 21-28 - Sister Jo Threlfall, SNDdeN The experience of the Pandemic in the past year has probably given us the time to stop and reflect on life and events that have changed our world. It has also given us the opportunity to do some self-reflection....

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 1: 14-20 - Sister Agnes Nelson, SNDdeN In today’s Gospel we hear Jesus proclaiming that the kingdom of God is close at hand and we then see him calling his first disciples. I think these two incidents are intrinsically linked. The first call of the Apostles was I...