Second Sunday of Advent: Preparing for Christmas

We all spend a lot of time getting ready for Christmas with gifts, cards, decorating, cooking, visits to Santa, shopping, caroling and presentations.  Why do we do all this?  “Well, everyone else is doing it,” you might say.  There’s some truth to that, because after all, we want to join those who are celebrating the … [Read more…]

First Sunday of Advent: Commit to the Kingdom!

They will beat their swords into plowshares, their spears into pruning hooks.  This is from the first reading this weekend from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah. At the end of World War II, the nations of the world decided that an international organization could best prevent war, and the United Nations was established.  Since that … [Read more…]

33rd Sunday C: Running with the Lord

Two weeks from now the season of Advent will begin.  That’s when the most important preparation for Christmas begins.  This preparation is meant to help us to celebrate God becoming Man.  Advent celebrates the two comings of God-made-Man, His physical coming in the flesh at Bethlehem and His spiritual coming as King of the universe … [Read more…]

32nd Sunday C: Do Not Be Afraid!

The first reading for this Sunday is intense.  In 165 B.C., a new King, Antiochus Epiphanes decided that everyone in his domains should follow Greek practices.  Many Jews went along without complaint as they wanted to be part of the new modern Hellenistic culture.  They built gymnasiums where they would exercise in the rather immodest … [Read more…]

27th Sunday INCREASE OUR FAITH!

It takes courage to practice faith, because just like courage, every act of faith carries within it a certain amount of fear.  Those who hide from life and making commitments know very little about either courage or faith. Faith like courage is gutsy; it demands commitment to something or someone beyond us.  Faith like courage … [Read more…]