Gospel Reflection for December 15th: Third Sunday of Advent

When John the Baptist heard in prison about the works Christ did, he sent a message by his disciples to ask, “Tell us, are you the one to come?” Matthew 11.2-3 In his ministry Jesus is not hacking dead branches off the family tree of Israel nor winnowing hypocrites from among repentant sinners as JohnContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 15th: Third Sunday of Advent”

Gospel Reflection for December 8, 2013, Second Sunday of Advent

John the Baptist speaks about Jesus, saying, “I baptize with water for the sake of reform, but the one who will follow me is more powerful than I.  I am not even fit to carry his sandals.  He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and fire.”  Matthew 3.11 Fierce and holy like the prophetContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 8, 2013, Second Sunday of Advent”

Feast of Christ the King

This coming Sunday we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King, a relatively new feast in the two century-long history of the Catholic church. It was instituted in 1925 through the encyclical Quas Primas by Pope Pius XI, who believed that respect for Christ and Christ’s Church was waning due to the rise of secularism.Continue reading “Feast of Christ the King”

Gospel Reflection for December 1st, 1st Sunday of Advent

Jesus said, “You must be prepared. The Son of Man is coming at a time you do not know.”  Matthew 23.44 Advent is time of remembering God’s fidelity and God’s desires for relationship with God’s people. We are pregnant with the Spirit and in labor to bring God’s kingdom to birth among us. Now isContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 1st, 1st Sunday of Advent”