Browsing From the Pastor

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

Saint Luke writes his Gospel so that the reader will ‘realize the certainty to the teaching” received.  That certainty flows from the man in the synagogue who reads the scroll of Isaiah and promises that he will bring glad tidings to the poor; that he will proclaim liberty to ... Read More »

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

At a wedding feast at Cana, Christ performed the first of the seven signs (miracles) recounted in the Gospel of John.   The wanting wine threatens to spoil the celebration of new love.  But the Mother of God notices the need and speaks to her Son.  With one word from ... Read More »

The Baptism of the Lord

Posted by Mindy Emick

This weekend we concluded the Christmas Season with The Baptism of the Lord.  Jesus joins the people going out to John the Baptist in the gesture of repentance, not because there is a sin in him, but to make it possible for us to share in his relationship with ... Read More »

The Epiphany of the Lord

Posted by Mindy Emick

“The Magi set out because of a deep desire which prompted them to leave everything and begin a journey.  It was a though they had always been waiting for that start” (Pope Benedict XVI).  Our response to the Father’s offer of salvation is that of the Magi: “To offer ... Read More »

The Holy Family

Posted by Mindy Emick

This weekend the Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.  This is also what our Holy Father has asked us to pray for this year.  Pope Benedict XVI gave this reflection on the Holy Family.  “The family is a privileged setting where every ... Read More »

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Posted by Mindy Emick

From a barren, elderly woman John the Baptist will be born.  From a place “too small” our Ruler shall come forth.  And “when she who is to give birth has borne” she, a mere girl and virgin then God’s “greatness shall reach to the ends of the earth.”  We ... Read More »

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 »