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.

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...

Fifth Sunday of Lent – Sister Magdalen Lawler, SNDdeN

March 17: 2024 John 12: 20 - 33 This is the request of the so-called Greeks. They approach the two disciples who have Greek names; Philip and Andrew. Perhaps they felt more at ease with them. Most likely they were Greek speaking Jews, as opposed to Hebrew or Aramaic...

Fourth Sunday of Lent – Sister Angele Lewis, SNDdeN

March 10, 2024   John 3: 14-21 The conversation with Nicodemus This 4th Sunday of Lent provides us with a glimpse of God’s abundant Goodness to each of us. As always, Jesus greets Nicodemus with loving kindness, respect, and encouragement (synodal). It is not by...

Third Sunday of Lent – Sister Mary Ann Cook, SNDdeN

March 3, 2024 John 4: 5-42 Today’s Liturgy of the Word offers two options. Here, we’ll be looking at the Gospel assigned for a liturgy with people preparing to be baptized at the Easter Vigil. It’s John’s account of Jesus’s encounter with a Samaritan woman as he sits...

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?...