First Sunday of Lent - Gospel reading Mark 1:12-15 Jesus was tested in the desert for 40 days. It's no secret that the number 40 has biblical significance, most notably connected to Elijah, Moses, and Noah and the flood. In all cases, the periods of time associated with 40 represented a time of trial and … Continue reading The perfect surrender of new life
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Gospel reading Mark 1:29-39 I love that the Gospels remind us that Jesus prayed. "Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed." There is so much we can learn from this - little details that can enrich our own experiences … Continue reading Pray for clarity of purpose. Then do something about it.
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Gospel reading Mark 1:21-28 In last Sunday's Gospel, we heard about Jesus gathering his disciples, calling them to join him on a journey that would change their lives. This Sunday, we follow Jesus and his new disciples to a synagogue in Capernaum, where he preaches and attracts the attention … Continue reading Don’t just let go, drive them out!
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time - Gospel reading John 1:35-42 As John watched Jesus walk by he made sure his companions noticed him. He said "Behold, the Lamb of God." And they followed him. Andrew told his brother Simon that they had found the Messiah, and "then he brought him to Jesus." And they followed … Continue reading The Irresistible Jesus in US
The Epiphany of the Lord - Gospel reading Matthew 2:1-12 The magi were overjoyed with hope at the sight of the star. They encountered Christ, they prostrated themselves before him and gave him gifts, and then they went on their way. They went home. Can you imagine what they talked about on their journey back … Continue reading Find Jesus, Give thanks, Live your life.
The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph - Gospel reading: Luke 2:22-40 In accordance with Jewish law, Mary and Joseph presented Jesus at a temple in Jerusalem. While there, a devout man named Simeon passionately proclaimed that the baby Jesus was our salvation. And Luke writes, "The child's father and mother were amazed at what … Continue reading Be Amazed
Today we celebrate the birth of Christ - God sending his son to light up a dark world, to bring love and hope to the broken. And with Christ by our side and in our hearts, we, too, can be a light in our families, to our friends, and to our community. I am blessed … Continue reading Lucy, My Light