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-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sister Eileen Burns, SNDdeN September 5, 2021 Mark 7: 31 - 37 We meet a deaf person with a speech impediment in today’s gospel. I know a woman – perhaps she is reading this now – who was hearing impaired. Because she had never...

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sister Maura McMenamin, SNDdeN August 22, 2021 John 6: 60-69 At the end of His teaching on “the Bread of Life”, Jesus persists in his message and subsequently finds that a great number of his adherents cease following Him. Only...

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin - Sister Bernadette Turgeon, SNDdeN - August 15, 2021 Luke 1: 39 - 56 Mary set out, proceeding in haste into the hill country to the town of Judah where she entered Zechariah's House to greet Elizabeth. As I reflected on verses...

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sister Esther Adama,SNDdeN - August 1, 2021 John 6: 24 - 35 This passage is the continuation of last Sunday’s gospel with the Jesus walking on the sea narrative appearing in between. In the verse above, we discover that Jesus is...

Reflexão de domingo julho 25 – pela Irmã Katy Webster, SNDdeN

Reflexão de domingo julho 25 - pela Irmã Katy Webster, SNDdeN João 6: 1-15   A igreja nos presenta hoje com o quarto sinal de Jesus quando ele andou na terra no meio do povo narrado no Evangelho da comunidade de São João.  É um dos seis relatos  da multiplicação...

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sister Katy Webster, SNDdeN July 25, 2021 John 6: 1-15 The church presents us today with the fourth sign of Jesus when he walked the earth among the people narrated in the Gospel of the community of St. John. It is one of six...

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sister Breta Konzi, SNDdeN - Kenya July 18, 2021 Mark 6: 30-34 Today’s readings speak to us about shepherds – those who mislead the flock and those who follow the path of the Good Shepherd. Frequently in Scripture, God is seen as...

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sister Janelle Sevier, SNDdeN July 11, 2021 Mark 6: 7-13 Today’s Gospel reading gives us a sense of the urgency which Jesus had for the mission he had been given. And we see Jesus passing on that urgency and passion to his...

Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sister Edithann Kane, SNDdeN July 4, 2021 Mark 6: 1-6a We’ve probably all learned the method of praying the Scriptures by which we read a selection and notice a word or a phrase that stands out for us. As I reflected on this...

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sister Angele Lewis, SNDdeN June 27, 2021 Mark 5:21-43 A WAY FORWARD… Take a mental “snapshot” of your life. What you see in your snapshot? What questions do you have right now? HOLD THIS IMAGE. We will return to this in a bit. It...

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sister Barbara Barry, SNDdeN June 20, 2021 Mark 4: 35-41 How many of us have come to the end of a long day and said “I am so tired tonight I could sleep through anything!” Today’s gospel is the end of the fourth chapter of Mark and...

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sister Mary McClure, SNDdeN June 13, 2021 Mark 4: 26 - 34 To read the gospel of Mark is to get close to who Jesus is, and what he said. Here we have a collection of parables – it is as if Jesus is struggling to describe what the...

Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus - Sister Terry Davis, SNDdeN June 11, 2021 Matthew 11: 28-30 The Feast of the Sacred Heart highlights the core of the Christian message, which is love and the call to love above all else. It has been symbolized down through the ages...

Feast of Corpus Christi – English

Feast of Corpus Christi - Sister Godelieve Ziunga June 6, 2021 Mk 14:12-16, 22-26 Today the Church, our mother, celebrates the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ - the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament. This feast is also called « Fete Dieu ». It is celebrated on the...

la Fête du Saint – Sacrement – Français

la Fête du Saint - Sacrement - Soeur Godelieve Ziunga, SNDdeN le 6 juin, 2021 Mk 14,12-16, 22-26 En lisant cette péricope de l’Evangile, nous constatons que le Christ cherche le lieu où il doit célébrer la Pâque avec ses disciples; ceci nous rappelle la fête du Jeudi...

Trinity Sunday

Feast of the Blessed Trinity May 30, 2021 Matthew 28: 16-20 I begin with the words of Jesus which he speaks to His Disciples as He prepares to leave them: "All authority in Heaven and on Earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make Disciples of all nations...

Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Sunday - Sister Marilyn Kerber, SNDdeN May 23, 2021 John 20: 19-23 Do thoughts and conflicts reside in your mind that you never verbalize? I do! Now imagine, if you will, “…the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the...

Seventh Sunday of Easter

Seventh Sunday of Easter - Sister Maureen O'Brien, SNDdeN May 16, 2021 John 17: 11b -19 John 17:11b-19, the Gospel for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, is a dress rehearsal for the seismic event of Pentecost. The ragtag band of Apostles, hiding out in an upper room, on a...

The Ascension of the Lord

The Ascension of the Lord - Sister Barbara Metz, SNDdeN Mark 16: 15-20 May 13, 2021 The account of the Ascension in the Acts of the Apostles is often the text that artists use to depict the events of the feast. Their pictures usually have Jesus’ feet in them. The...