Sunday Readings: 2 Samuel 7.1-5, 8-12, 14-16; Romans 16.25-27; Luke 1.26-38 “Here I am, God’s servant. Let it happen to me as you say.” – Luke 1.38 Mary, whose body becomes home to God, responds three times in Luke’s story of her call. Three times the angel Gabriel, God’s messenger, speaks to her. To the angel’s greeting, “Greetings, favored one, God isContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 20, 2020 – 4th Sunday of Advent”
Sunday Readings: Isaiah 61.1-2, 10-11; 1 Thessalonians 5.16-24; John 1.6-8, 19-28 John himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. “I baptize with water. Among you stand one whom you do not recognize, the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.” – JohnContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 13, 2020 -3rd Sunday of Advent”
Sunday Readings: Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11; 2 Peter 3.8-14; Mark 1.1-8 The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Prepare theContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 6, 2020 – 2nd Sunday of Advent”
Celebrate both St. Nicholas and Our Lady of Guadalupe this Advent. Click here to read, download, and print your own copy of Celebrate Advent Saints. Share their stories with family and friends. Visit goodgroundpress.com for more Advent resources for you, your family, and your parish.
Sunday Readings: Baruch 5.1-9; Philippians 1.4-6, 8-11; Luke 3.1-6 “A herald’s voice in the desert cries out: ‘Make ready a road for God. Clear a straight path for God. Every valley shall be filled; every mountain and hill shall be leveled.’” – Luke 3.4-5 John the Baptist heralds the turning point in history by which much of theContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 9, 2018, 2nd Sunday of Advent”
Gospel Reflection for December 2, 2018, 1st Sunday of Advent Sunday Readings: Jeremiah 33.14-16; 1 Thessalonians 3.12-4.2; Luke 21.25-28, 34-36 “Stay watchful, praying for strength to escape what will happen and to stand before the Son of Man.” – Luke 21.36 Advent begins the Church year with a gospel that fairly froths with frightful images. The gospelContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 2, 2018, 1st Sunday of Advent”
Our Christmas gift to you are these two reflections on Mary of Nazareth: Mary’s Heart & Hearth and Fra Angelico’s The Annunciation. If it is hard to find time to pray during this busy week, let these words about Mary be your prayer. We wish you every blessing this Christmas.
Sunday Readings: Isaiah 61.1-2,10-11; 1 Thessalonians 5.16-24; John 1.6-8, 19-28 “A man named John was sent from God. He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him.” – John 1.6-7 John’s gospel begins with 18 verses about the preexistent Word who becomes flesh in Jesus. These verses includeContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 17, 2017, 3rd Sunday of Advent”
Sunday Readings: Isaiah 11.1-10; Romans 15.4-9; Matthew 3.1-12 Two family trees figure in Sunday’s readings: the children of Abraham and Sarah hear God’s call, go to a new land, and await a child who will be the first of descendants as countless as the stars. Faith in God’s promise is their DNA. The descendants ofContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 4, 2016, 2nd Sunday of Advent”