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.

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...

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Sixth Sunday of Easter - Sister Michela Sheehan, SNDdeN May 9, 2021 John 15: 9-17 “Only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.” -Martin Luther King The past year has witnessed multitudes living out the request of Jesus to love one another...We say gracias. a...

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Fifth Sunday of Easter - Sister Eileen Cassidy, SNDdeN May 2, 2021 John 15: 1-8 As I read today’s Gospel, I found myself listening to it as a disciple at the Last Supper, and then reflecting on it, post-Pentecost, in the light of all that had happened. I decided to...

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Fourth Sunday of Easter - Sister Helen Bellew, SNDdeN John 10: 11-18 April 25, 2021 In preparation for this reflection, I took a first focused look at today’s Gospel reading in mid-February. One of my initial thoughts was to find a parallel image in today’s world that...

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....