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4th Sunday of Advent

Posted by Mindy Emick

It is true that the angel cites the passage from the prophet Isaiah that is today’s first reading in order to persuade the dreaming Joseph to take Mary his wife into his home: “The virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel.” But even Satan ... Read More »

3rd Sunday of Advent

Posted by Mindy Emick

This weekend, in the midst of the Advent Season, we turn our focus from repentance to joy. We call this Sunday Gaudete Sunday and the color Rose is used to represent that joy as we awake the coming of the Messiah. According to the Magnificat, St. John the Baptist ... Read More »

2nd Sunday of Advent

Posted by Mindy Emick

John’s preaching of repentance is not meant to be some finger-wagging, moralistic ultimatum by which he attempts to “scare” us into holiness. Rather, he preaches to prepare us for the One our heart has always been waiting for.  “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” “The kingdom ... Read More »

1st Sunday of Advent

Posted by Mindy Emick

This Sunday we begin the 2017th year of the grace in the Church, so happy new year! This is also the first weekend of Advent, a time of penance to prepare ourselves for the coming of the Lord.  As the first word of Advent, Christ warns us, "Stay awake! ... Read More »

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

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 »

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

The terrible persecutions that Christ tells us his followers should expect will lead to one great thing: “to your giving testimony.” The ability to speak a word of wisdom that we do not prepare beforehand, that Jesus himself will give us, and that leaves our adversaries powerless to resist ... Read More »

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

The seven brothers who bravely approach their martyrdom in the second Book of Maccabees have a better sense of the life after death than the Sadducees with their absurd hypothesis about seven deceased brothers. One martyred brother, filled with conviction, declares, “The King of the world will raise us ... Read More »

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

Jesus intended to pass through Jericho, but stopped instead for someone who “was seeking to see who Jesus was.” Wisdom says that God rebukes offenders little by little, and reminds them of their sins so that they may abandon their wickedness and believe in him.  Thus, Jesus stops, looks ... Read More »

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

The tax collector, completely aware of the enormity of his sin, and therefore of his unworthiness, beats his breast and prayers, “O God, be merciful to me a sinner.” Where does he get the confidence to do this?  His experience of limitation and failure has led him, not to ... Read More »

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

As Christ makes his way to the cross, he accedes to the pleas of ten lepers for pity. The consummation of the Samaritan leper's healing happens when he falls at the feet of Jesus in thanksgiving.  Which makes Jesus wonder, "Where are the other nine?"  St. Paul warns: "If ... Read More »