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2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Ruth Henley

In the First Reading, Samuel, who was still young, was waked up by hearing his name called in the night. He thought that the person calling him was Eli, the old priest whom Samuel served. But Samuel was wrong in thinking this. It was the Lord calling. God had ... Read More »

The Baptism of The Lord

Posted by Ruth Henley

The Lord’s baptism, like his incarnation and crucifixion definitively answers for all time the question of the Father’s love for us. For in each of these salvation events, the incarnation, baptism, and crucifixion, Jesus identifies with us in our stained humanity. In each instance as Jesus identifies with us ... Read More »

The Epiphany of The Lord

Posted by Ruth Henley

During Epiphany we celebrate the manifestation of Jesus the Christ to the Magi, which in turn represents the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles, meaning the rest of the world. The Epiphany of the Lord, falling as it does at the beginning of a new year, provides an ideal ... Read More »

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph

Posted by Ruth Henley

This week we celebrate Holy Family Sunday. Today as descendants by faith of the Holy Family it requires us to live by faith if we are to also be holy families for Christ. We too are faced with the question, “Will we listen and learn the promises of God? ... Read More »

4th Sunday of Advent

Posted by Ruth Henley

As Mary received the angel’s message, she then became a unique message bearer herself. For Mary did not simply deliver this message from God, as did Nathan the prophet, or Gabriel the angel, instead she delivered both the final message and the final messenger, as it says in Hebrews, ... Read More »

3rd Sunday of Advent

Posted by Ruth Henley

“The Light” was one of John the Baptist’s earliest phrases used to describe Jesus selected this phrase later in his ministry to describe himself, saying, “I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life,” (John 8:12). Surprisingly, those who ... Read More »

2nd Sunday of Advent

Posted by Ruth Henley

Preparing the way of the Lord can be likened to preparing the soil of a garden to receive new seed. The hardness of the ground must be broken up into loose receptive soil. Weeds must be pulled up and removed, and a place prepared so that the seed can be received ... Read More »

1st Sunday Of Advent

Posted by Ruth Henley

Saint Bernard explains that there are three comings of Christ. The first is what we celebrate as Christmas, where he came in our flesh and in our weakness. In his final coming he will come in glory and majesty. “The intermediate coming is a hidden one; in it only ... Read More »

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King Of The Universe

Posted by Ruth Henley

On this Christ the King Sunday we need to recognize Jesus standing at the door to our heart and knocking. Let’s willingly unlatch the door and ask him to enthrone himself in our heart to rule in all aspects of our lives. If we realize a place in our heart that ... Read More »

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Ruth Henley

In the parable in this week’s Gospel reading the master never criticized the fact that the work of one servant did not match or exceed the work of another. Rather he commended each for their effort to make the most with what had been entrusted to them. Each received, “Well done, ... Read More »