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
Happy Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent. Gaudete means "rejoice," referring to the joy that Christmas - the coming of our Lord and Savior - is near. When I reflect on this year and this season, I can't help but rejoice. For the first time in my life (and hopefully for the rest of … Continue reading Finding Joy in all things Eternal
Second Sunday of Advent - Gospel reading - Mark 1:1-8 John the Baptist emphasized the vital importance of repentance - of straightening our path and preparing ourselves to meet Christ. He proclaimed that Christ will baptize us in the Holy Spirit, meaning that the Holy Spirit will search our hearts and craft our souls into … Continue reading Go All In.
First Sunday of Advent - Second reading 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 and Gospel reading Mark 13:33-37 The holidays are upon us, and what a fantastic set of readings to keep us centered. In the second reading, we are reminded that through the grace of God, we are "enriched in every way" and "not lacking in any spiritual … Continue reading The only Gift that never stops giving
The Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ - Sunday, November 26 - Gospel reading - Matthew 25:31-46 When Jesus says, "whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me," I believe he is talking about his desire for us to love and connect with others - not with just our … Continue reading Connecting beyond our comfort zone
Gospel reading for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Matthew 25:14-30 Usually when I read or hear an interpretation of this parable, the main theme that is emphasized is that God has given each of us unique gifts and that we are expected to make good use of those gifts in honor of God … Continue reading Share the Love
Gospel reading for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Matthew 25:1-13 To me, this reading is about being ready to meet Jesus - many years from now, five years from now, maybe even tomorrow. I don't think any of us will ever be perfectly ready, but I think there are some things we can … Continue reading Being ready. Being here.