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Third Sunday of Advent

Posted by Mindy Emick

This weekend the Church focuses on Joy, with Guadete Sunday, as we are now over half of the way through Advent.  The color rose is often used to signify that joy.  In the readings, when people come to John the Baptist asking, “What should we do?” He gives them ... Read More »

Second Sunday of Advent

Posted by Mindy Emick

All these names - Pontius Pilate, Herod, Annas and Caiaphas - belong in the Passion of Christ. So then why do we hear them now before his birth?  To remind us why the Lord was born: “Jesus Christ was born to die on the cross” (St. Leo the Great).  ... Read More »

First Sunday of Advent

Posted by Mindy Emick

Nonetheless, we are not among the people who “will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world.”  Why?  Because we are united with the One who has come into the world and dwells among us.  All our vigilance is a response to a personal Presence ... Read More »

Christ the King

Posted by Mindy Emick

“Jesus of Nazareth…is so intrinsically king that the title ‘King’ has actually become his name. By calling ourselves Christians, we label ourselves as followers of the king…God did not intend Israel to have a kingdom.  The kingdom was a result of Israel’s rebellion against God…The law was to be ... Read More »

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

In the midst of the darkness, the quaking of the heavens, and the ‘unsurpassed distress’ of the last days, one thing remains to give us comfort:  the presence of Jesus Christ.  “They will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds.”  Christ is his Word that ‘will not ... Read More »

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

Jesus knows the full worth of the poor widow who contributes to the Temple treasure “all she had, her whole livelihood.”  Although her alms financially amounted to almost nothing, she remained certain that God would be pleased with her sacrifice.  For, more than her money, she sacrificed to God ... Read More »

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

The Lord does not tell the scribe anything new - anything that the man does not already know.  But when the voice of the Word speaks to him, the scribe suddenly listens to his own heart in a new way, with new and sensitive attentiveness.  He cries out to ... Read More »

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

No depth of darkness can prevent the infallible human heart from crying out for the Answer it seeks in the Son of David.  “The outlook of faith is the outlook of the truth that may be obscured and trampled upon, but can never perish” (Pope Benedict XVI).  Bartimaeus possessed ... Read More »

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

“Whoever wishes to be great will be your servant.” For great people recognize the fact that true greatness consists in self-sacrifice, in handing ourselves over for the sake of others.  In this way, all authentic greatness mirrors the greatness of the Father, whose love always takes the form of ... Read More »

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

     Beyond all else, we prefer “the spirit of wisdom.”  Why?  Because the wise person knows what he desires, since wisdom enables him to see what is really there.  This is what the rich young man lacks.  He comes to Jesus with constricting preconceptions that betray just how ... Read More »