“The LORD spoke to Ahaz: Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God; let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky!” God was pretty much telling Ahaz to ask for a sign. A huge sign. God wanted to tell Ahaz how everyone was going to be saved, and what […]
The ability to conceive a child is a gift from God and we are reminded of this miracle of life through today’s first reading and gospel. In biblical times, women were shamed and a disgrace to the community if they were barren and could not conceive a child. When the greatest contribution that could be […]
“This is how the birth of Jesus came about.” The gospel reading today started out with these words. It sounds a lot like a parent who was getting ready to tell the story about the birth of baby Jesus to their children. Bedtime stories are a wonderful way to share your faith with your small children or grandchildren.
A few months ago, my wife and I were asked to be a sponsor couple for a young engaged couple here in our parish that are getting married next summer. Over the course of 5-6 meetings, we meet with the couple and discuss various topics with the intent to foster communication and help them prepare […]
Did you happen to notice the correlation between the old testament reading for Mass today and the gospel? Actually, the responsorial psalm also carries this same theme. Sin, rebellion, a change of heart and righteousness. The first reading started out by saying: “Woe to the city, rebellious and polluted, to the tyrannical city! She hears no voice, accepts no correction; In the Lord she has not trusted, to her God she has not drawn near.”
Who are you, Lord, to tell me how to live my life? By what authority do you say what is right and what is wrong? Am I not like You? Built in Your image? Can’t I be the ruler of my own destiny? Monday’s readings, in this Third Week of Advent, are vivid reminders of […]
The readings for Mass today are filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit can not be contained entirely within ourselves. It must be shared. When we have good news, we run home to tell our loved ones, our friends or our co-workers, because we want to share our happiness with them too.
The first reading for today from Sirach aka The Wisdom of Ben Sira, talks about how Elijah would come again to announce God’s presence that the Messiah was here to save the world. And he mentions that God was going “To turn back the hearts of fathers toward their sons”, or in other versions of […]