Scripture: Isaiah 26:1-6 Matthew 7:21, 24-27 Reflection: We’re early into Advent, with some three weeks of growth ahead of us before the great Christmas celebration. The Christmas music has already started to build up that special "spirit" which is this season; those marvelous carols and » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Isaiah 29:17-24 Matthew 9:27-31 Reflection: What is the relationship between faith and good works? This has always been a difficult issue. Some may say they have faith, while being criticized even by their own children that they never put it into action. Others have tremendous action » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Isaiah 40:25-31 Matthew 11:28-30 Reflection: The Isaiah reading for today provides the text for one of the most frequently used hymns at funerals – On Eagle’s Wings by Michael Joncas. Like so many other songs this one bears memories, but they are memories of » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Isaiah 25:6-10a Matthew 15:29-37 Reflection: Last Sunday inaugurated Advent with Jesus urging "vigilance," "watchfulness," "and "attentiveness." Why? To allow His presence to more fully embrace us, become part of us. Other synonymous words come to mind that help me take these 24 days seriously, » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Isaiah 11:1-10 Luke 10:21-24 Reflection: The Advent Season is a time for travel! We recall pregnant Mary’s journey to visit her cousin Elizabeth; we accompany Mary and Joseph as they travel to Bethlehem; we rejoice as shepherds and kings make their way to the » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Revelations 15:1-4 Luke 21:12-19 Reflection: "Sing to the Lord a new song… Let the rivers clap their hands, The mountains shout with joy." So rings today’s Psalm, calling in us a response of jubilant gratitude. Last week I was invited to an extraordinary » Continue Reading.
First Sunday of Advent Scripture: Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b, 64:2-7 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 Mark 13:33-37 Reflection: Yogi Berra was once asked, "What time is it?" Yogi responded, "You mean now?" The time right now is Advent. We begin four weeks of preparing for and longing for » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Revelations 20:1-4, 11-21:2 Luke 21:29-33 Reflection: When I was a young child, and would hear the words of the Book of Revelation, I would think of it a bit like one of today’s horror movies – frightening and a little unreal. I remember that » Continue Reading.