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 in Advent – Sister Ginny Scally, SNDdeN

December 12, 2021 Luke 3: 10-18 For most of my years (and now, that’s a LOT of them!), I honestly thought we “rejoiced” in the pink on this Sunday of Advent because we were half-way through this liturgical season! We were that much closer to the celebration of...

Second Sunday in Advent- Sister Edithann Kane, SNDdeN

Second Sunday in Advent - Sister Edithann Kane, SNDdeN December 5, 2021 Luke 3: 1-6 Have you ever had someone or something come into your life and change you or clarify your direction?  Who – or what – was it? When was it? How were you feeling or thinking at that...

First Sunday in Advent – SisterMarna Rogers, SNDdeN

November 28, 2021 Luke 21: 25-28, 34-36 Vengeance Day "...It will seem like all hell has broken loose--sun, moon, stars, earth, sea, in an uproar and everyone all over the world in a panic, the wind knocked out of them by the threat of doom, the...

Feast of Christ the King – Sister Catherine Waldron, SNDdeN

November 21, 2021 John 18: 33b-37 Today’s Gospel describes Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey. Crowds have formed and many have laid down their cloaks as a welcome and honor. They shout “Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest!” This rejoicing moment shows how little Jesus’...

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sister Rita Raboin, SNDdeN

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sister Rita Raboin, SNDdeN November 14, 2021 Mark 13: 24-32 “…But in those days, after that time of distress, the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light,…” how direct and how unsettling does the opening of this...

Feast of All Saints – Sister Nancy Wellmeier, SNDdeN

Feast of All Saints - Sister Nancy Wellmeier, SNDdeN November 1, 2021 Matthew 5: 1-12a The Beatitudes, these nine descriptions of those who will be blessed by God, go entirely against the religious thought of the Jewish faithful of Jesus’ time, where trouble was seen...

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sister JoAnn Recker, SNDdeN

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sister JoAnn Recker, SNDdeN October 24, 2021 Mark 10: 46-52 Like Bartimaeus of today’s gospel (Mk.19:46-52), we all want to see: What is the future of our globe given the current climate crisis? What will happen in so many nations...

Reflexio de19 de setembro de 2021 – pela Irmã Jane Dwyer, SNDdeN

Marcos 9: 30-37 19 de setembro de 2021 O Evangelho de hoje oferece-nos o desafio essencial da mensagem de Jesus, desafio tão difícil de ouvir, assumir e seguir. Os apóstolos acabam de descobrir que não têm o “poder” de expulsar o “espírito maligno, o poder maligno” de...

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

Matthew 16: 13-20 September 19, 2021 Today´s Gospel offers us the essential challenge of Jesus' message, the challenge so very difficult to hear, assume and follow. The apostles have just found themselves lacking in the “power” to expel the “evil spirit, the evil...