Archive for November, 2017

Setting the Tone for Advent

Dec 3, 2017: 1st Sunday of Advent Isaiah 63:16-17, 19 Psalms 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19 First Corinthians 1:3-9 Mark 13:33-37 _____________________________________________________________________ Today we reset the narrative that we follow throughout the liturgical year and begin the first liturgical season of a new liturgical year: Advent. Today’s readings help us to set the right tone for this […]

Christ Claims to be the Lord of History

Nov 26, 2017: Solemnity of Christ the King (A) Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17 Psalms 23:1-6 First Corinthians 15:20-26, 28 Matthew 25:31-46 _____________________________________________________________________ Jesus Christ makes an unambiguous claim to universal authority. He does not say He is one wise man among many, one philosopher among many, or one prophet among many. He tells us that all […]

Respect for the Lord Makes Us Want to Bear Fruit for Him

Nov 19, 2017: 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 Psalms 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 First Thessalonians 5:1-6 Matthew 25:14-30 ______________________________________________________________________ A recurring theme in all of today’s readings is the importance of a healthy respect for the Lord. In Biblical language this is usually referred to as “the fear of the Lord,” but […]

We Don’t Know WHEN Christ Will Come Again, but We Do Know THAT He Will Come Again

Nov 12, 2017: 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Wisdom 6:12-16 Psalms 63:2-8 First Thessalonians 4:13-17 Matthew 25:1-13 __________________________________________________________________ This is how Jesus Christ sums up the meaning of His parable: “Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” It’s so easy to forget this. We go on living as if we […]