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.

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sister Ellen Keane, SNDdeN

August 14, 2022 Luke 12: 49-53 When I realized I had chosen this passage for Glimpses, my first reaction was, “Ugh! What was I thinking? ... Jesus casting fire/bringing division/ three against two/ two against three… Yikes! …Help!” Help came from a line from Flannery...

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sister Maria Delaney, SNDdeN

August 7, 2022 Luke 12: 32-48 Reflection: Today’s readings offer a compelling admonition to pay attention to our personal situation and decide if changes need to be made to how we respond to other people and circumstances. See, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who...

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sister Geraldine Bolzan, SNDdeN

July 31, 2022 Luke 12: 13-21 Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sister Geraldine Bolzan, SNDdeN GOSPEL REFLECTION: SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2022 Today’s First Reading speaks of the person who: “even in the night, his mind does not rest.”  Do you have nights life that? What...

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sister Evelyn McKenna, SNDdeN

July 17, 2022 Luke 10: 38-42   The Gospel story of Martha and Mary often reminds us of contrasts – Martha was harried and cooked/Mary was serene and listened – and this is true. But, more importantly, both Martha and Mary opened wide their home and their hearts...

Vijftiende zondag door gewone tijd – Zuster Nina Vandamme, SNDdeN

Een glimp van Gods goedheid - Zuster Nina Vandamme 10 juli 2022 Lukas 10: 25-37 Het verhaal van de barmhartige Samaritaan … wie heeft dit niet in zijn kindertijd horen vertellen. Het klinkt ons bekend in de oren en hebben de neiging om te zeggen: ja, dat verhaal...

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sister Nina Vandamme, SNDdeN

Glimpses of God's Goodness - Sr. Nina Vandamme July 10, 2022   Luke 10: 25-37 The story of the Good Samaritan … who hasn’t listened to that story as a child? It sounds so familiar, and we are quickly inclined to say: Yeah, we know that story. But do we know it?...

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sister Rita Raboin, SNDdeN

July 3, 2022 Luke 10: 1-12 "The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few..." This is probably a picture of what many people see as demanding work to be done today in our world in diverse ways by a variety of people. Many competing demands pass through our minds as...

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sister Mary Boretti, SNDdeN

June 26, 2022 Luke 9: 51-62 In today’s second reading from St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians Paul writes: “For freedom Christ has set us free so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.” Freedom was at the heart of Jesus’ mission and was at the...

Feast of Corpus Christi – Sister Honorine Yamba, SNDdeN

June 19, 2022 Luke 9: 11b - 17 In every culture meals unite families, friends, collaborators, etc… and this takes place according to their particular different circumstances. What may differ is the menu, what and when. Some people eat at a table, others are seated on...

Trinity Sunday – Sister Mary Ann Cook, SNDdeN

June 12, 2022 John 16: 12-15 Today’s Liturgy of the Word invites us to reflect on the three-ness and one-ness of God. Sounds too abstract? Give today’s Liturgy of the Word a chance to surprise you! The first reading, from Proverbs, is sheer poetry that personifies...

Dimanche de Pentecôte – Soeur Godlieve Ziunga, SNDdeN – français

le 5 juin, 2022 Jean 14, 15-16, 23b-26 Aujourd’hui, nous célébrons la solennité de la Pentecôte. Chaque année d’après le calendrier liturgique, la Pentecôte est célébrée après cinquante jours de la résurrection de notre Seigneur Jésus – Christ. C’est la fête qui...

Pentecost Sunday – Sister Godlieve Ziunga, SNDdeN

June 5, 2022 John 14: 15-16, 23b-26 Today we celebrate the solemnity of Pentecost. According to the Liturgical calendar, Pentecost is celebrated fifty days after the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is the feast which closes the Easter Season. This feast is...

Seventh Sunday of Easter – Sister Anne Flanagan, SNDdeN

May 29, 2022 John 17: 20-26 When you read or heard the Gospel for today, did you hear that in this section of the Last Discourse, Jesus was praying for us?? Yes, Jesus says “for those who will believe in me through their word.” “Their word” of course is through his...

Ascension Thursday – Sister Mary Cluderay, SNDdeN

May 26, 2022 Luke 24: 46-53 “I, the Light have come into the world. whosoever believes in me will stay in the darkness no more." As I prepared to write these words I began to realize how God's message all the time is always one of Love: "God loved the world so much...

Sixth Sunday of Easter – Sister Liane Delsuc, SNDdeN

May 22, 2022 John 14: 23-29 The Gospel today is part of Jesus’ farewell to his disciples and contains an incredible promise. Jesus is preparing his disciples for his departure.  How confused they must have been after following him for these years, listening to him...

Fifth Sunday of Easter – Sister Elizabeth Sichangi, SNDdeN

May 15, 2022 John 13: 31-33a, 34-35   Let us love one another, because God first loved us, even while we were still God’s enemies. (Fr. Alberione) Have I ever been heartbroken in a situation until I vowed never to repeat or engage myself in such a related...