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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Ruth Henley

Jesus went to Nazareth, his hometown. People there thought of him as Mary and Joseph’s son. Suddenly he claims to be the Messiah. What would your reaction have been to such a declaration? Jesus didn't stop with words to tell us that he is the Messiah he showed the ... Read More »

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Ruth Henley

Marriage is a human relationship which through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit is elevated to a place of supreme importance to depict God’s relationship with his people. In the Old Testament Israel is described as “espoused” to the Lord, and in the New Testament we are described as ... Read More »

The Baptism of The Lord

Posted by Ruth Henley

“The baptism of Jesus is on his part the acceptance and inauguration of his mission as God’s suffering Servant. He allows himself to be numbered among sinners; he is already ‘the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world’… At his baptism ‘the heavens were opened’– ... Read More »

The Epiphany of the Lord

Posted by Ruth Henley

“Epiphany” means manifestation.  And the “Epiphany of the Lord” is Jesus’ manifestation not only to these three Magi from the East, but it’s also a symbolic but real manifestation of the Christ to the whole world.  These Magi, traveling from a foreign and non-Jewish nation, reveal that Jesus came ... Read More »

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Posted by Ruth Henley

On this, Christmas and Sunday within the Octave of Christmas, we honor the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.  In honoring them, we also honor all families, big or small.  And in honoring all families, we honor the family of God, the Church.  But most especially, we are ... Read More »

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Posted by Ruth Henley

Since this Fourth Sunday of Advent falls close to Christmas, quite naturally our minds and energies may be focused on the upcoming Christmas celebrations, family gatherings, and traditional remembrances. We will need to be watchful and observant this week and during Mass to not let our minds wander from ... Read More »

Third Sunday of Advent

Posted by Ruth Henley

 

The question, “What shall we do?” found in this week’s Gospel reading arose from John the Baptist’s exhortation to “bring forth fruits in keeping with repentance.”  We must keep in mind that John, as the forerunner of Jesus, prepared people to receive him as Lord and Christ. During ... Read More »

Second Sunday of Advent

Posted by Ruth Henley

Advent is a time of joyful anticipation. It is time, the prophet Baruch says, “to take off your robe of mourning and misery,” for God is leading his people “with his mercy and justice for company.” We also have the message of John the Baptist is to prepare the way ... Read More »

First Sunday of Advent

Posted by Ruth Henley

We have now entered the season of Advent, this week’s Gospel reading provides an appropriate transition from the end of one liturgical year to the beginning of a new liturgical year, for it alerts us to Jesus’ second advent, when he will return from heaven to claim his own. ... Read More »

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Posted by Ruth Henley

This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King. It is appropriate that we do so as this is the end of the Liturgical Year and it reminds us that Christ, at the end of years, will rule forever in eternity. However, like Christians in New Testament times ... Read More »