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.

First Sunday of Advent – Sister Maureen O’Brien, SNDdeN

December 3, 2023 Mark 13: 33-37 “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come.” Mark 13:13 What is this time which Mark is reminding us about? I’ve always believed that it contained a promise, wrapped up in the love of a mother and child and the...

Feast of Christ the King – Sister Anne Louise Nadeau, SNDdeN

November 26, 2023 Matthew 25: 31-46 Pope Pius XI was about to close the Jubilee year of 1925. In the context of the growing secularist nationalism that followed the fall of European kingdoms after World War I, he decided to establish the solemnity to Christ the King....

Feast of All Souls – Sister Maureen Lomax, SNDdeN

Matthew 11: 25-30 As I write this reflection, I am very aware of the many parts of the world where thousands of innocent people are grieving for the tragic and sudden loss of their loved ones. Ceremonies and prayers for the dead are constant factors for those in...

Feast of All Saints – Sister Everlyne Nekesa Oguba, SNDdeN

November 1, 2023 Matthew 5: 1-12a   What is the meaning of life to you/us? Who among us does not desire to meet face-to-face Saint Julie and our ancestors in Notre Dame whom we so cherish? I have a conviction that our early Christians attempted to evangelize...

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sister Maria Delaney, SNDdeN

October 29, 2023 Matthew 22: 34-40 Today’s readings for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time answer the age-old questions of who are  my neighbors (everyone) and why should I care about them (because that is Jesus’ mandate).  Love of God and Love of Neighbor are one and...

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sister Katy Webster, SNDdeN

October 22, 2023 Matthew 22: 15-21 A glance at the Gospel of Matthew 22:15-22. This excerpt comes in a series of parables and stories about the kingdom (kindom). What is the kindom? How does it work? This 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time is more of a story. It's full of...

Vigésimo terceiro domingo do tempo comum – Irma Jane Dwyer, SNDdeN

10 de setembro de 2023 Mateus 18: 15 - 20 Mateus escreve seu Evangelho por volta dos anos 80 a 85, bastante tempo depois do assassinato de Jesus e também durante os anos em que o crescente número de cristãos que enfrentavam conflitos com o Império Romano e a religião...

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sister Jane Dwyer, SNDdeN

September 10, 2023 Matthew 18: 15 - 20 Matthew writes his Gospel around the years 80 to 85, a fairly long time after the murder of Jesus and also during the years that the growing number of Christians facing conflicts with the Roman Empire and the Jewish religion,...

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sister Nancy Rowen, SNDdeN

September 3, 2023 Matthew 16: 21-27 Before any serious commitment, we need clarity: What does this offer and what will it require from me? Will it be worth it? Am I able and willing? Today’s Gospel begins, “From that time on… Jesus began to show his disciples….” what...