Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

Representing Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers, Maryknoll Sisters, and Maryknoll Lay Missioners
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Scripture reflections

Maryknoll missioners live and work around the world in impoverished and marginalized communities. In these weekly reflections, missioners share their experiences and insights as they relate to readings for Mass.

Orbis Books' offers three volumes of scripture reflections: A Maryknoll Liturgical Year: Reflections on the Readings for Year A, A Maryknoll Liturgical Year: Reflections on the Readings for Year B and A Maryknoll Liturgical Year: Reflections on the Readings for Year C are collections of reflections written by Maryknoll missioners, Affiliates and staff; they cover the readings for each Sunday and holy day from the first Sunday in Advent until the Feast of Christ the King for the three cycles of the liturgical year. Missioners share their reflections based on their experiences in Nepal, Guatemala, Tanzania, Oaxaca, to name only a few of the places where Maryknollers have served. Available at the Orbis website.

Fourth Sunday of Lent (Year B)

March 15, 2015

Fr. Jack Sullivan served many years in Hong Kong. "Let us rejoice that our Brother Francis is calling us to awaken and repent; let us rejoice that the nations of the world are finally awakening to the challenge to save our earth, to save ourselves, to love each other and all creatures so loved by God."

Ash Wednesday

February 18, 2015

One of the greatest contemporary battles that we face today is the struggle to protect our natural world, which many indigenous cultures affectionately refer to as “Mother Earth,” which includes the interconnected web of living creatures that sustains and nurtures the balance of all life on this planet.

Baptism of our Lord

January 11, 2015

Fr. John Sivalon, MM, who served in Tanzania, wrote the following reflection. It is also published in A Maryknoll Liturgical Year: Reflections on the Readings for Year B, available from Orbis Books.


January 4, 2015

Kathy McNeely served as a Maryknoll lay missioner in Guatemala, and worked for many years in the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.

Solemnity of Mary

January 1, 2015

Fr. Mike Duggan, MM, who served in Korea, wrote the following reflection. It is also published in A Maryknoll Liturgical Year: Reflections on the Readings for Year B, available from Orbis Books.

World AIDS Day

December 1, 2014

The following reflection on the readings for World AIDS Day, December 1, was prepared by Susan Weissert, a former lay missioner who coordinated the Maryknoll AIDS Task Force.


June 8, 2014

Sr. Teresa Dagdag, MM recently finished her term as executive co-secretary of the Commission on Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) for the Union of Superiors General in Rome. She continues to work as a JPIC promoter in Rome.

All Saints Day

November 1, 2013

This All Saints Day reflection is written by Rhegan Hyypio, a former Franciscan lay missioner who spent a year working with the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.

Easter Sunday

March 31, 2013

Fr. Jack Sullivan spent much of his mission life in Hong Kong; he has spent the last few years volunteering for the Global Concerns office on Israel-Palestine issues.


January 6, 2013

Kathy McNeely, MOGC's interim director and a former Maryknoll lay missioner in Guatemala, writes this Sunday's reflection.

Christmas Vigil

December 24, 2012

Sr. Ann Braudis, who worked as a missioner in Bolivia and the Phillipines, writes: "May Jesus be born in you tonight as surely as he was born in Bethlehem all those long years ago."

First Sunday of Advent

December 2, 2012

The first Sunday of Advent 2012 falls on the 32nd anniversary of the martyrdom of the four North American churchwomen in El Salvador. This reflection is prepared by Marie Dennis, co-president of Pax Christi International and former director of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 18, 2012

Fr. John McAuley writes at this end of the liturgical year: "A person of faith today cannot read current news events without discerning that there are powerful movements of spirit and effective Spirit-filled actions afoot around the world; stirrings and actions of persons and communities that arise from aspirations for fruits that ultimately are of the Spirit: peace, justice, freedom, dignity, truth, equality, and hope."

30th Sunday in Ordinary time

October 28, 2012

Fr. Ken Thesing spent many years as a missioner in East Africa, and now works in Rome. "Our scriptures often use contrasts – like the theme of darkness and light, or as we see in the readings for today’s liturgy, the theme of 'blindness' and 'sight' to show that process of growth in understanding for the disciples or for anyone who wants to follow Jesus ... These are the people God brings back and restores – not just the strong, the gifted, and those who can pay for assistance but the frail and vulnerable – no one is left out."

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 26, 2012

Fr. Jack Northrup reflects on his ministry in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico: "The God of our Lord Jesus Christ is constantly drawing all of us to life, no matter what bleak prisons we may have made for ourselves. Because of God’s choice to constantly offer the free gift of grace to the most needy, we can wake from our sleep, from the illusions of happiness that this world offers. At this very moment we can choose life in its fullness."

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 5, 2012

Sr. Luise Ahrens, who has spent many years in Cambodia, writes in this week's reflections about the challenges of living in a interconnected world ... How do we make choices that are clarified by God's wisdom? How can we live a life formed and informed by the Spirit of Jesus?