Gospel Reflection for December 18th, Fourth Sunday in Advent

The angel said, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.  You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.” Luke 1.30-31 To the angel’s greeting, Mary responds with wordless perplexity.  To Gabriel’s invitation to give birth to God’s Son, Mary questions, “How can thisContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 18th, Fourth Sunday in Advent”

Living in Hope: Reflections for the Third Week of Advent

PRAY: “O DAYSPRING, you bring God’s light into our darkness. You are the rising sun, the morning star that brightens lives and lifts spirits. COME blaze in us and cast out all fear.” O antiphon for December 21 REFLECT: Before beginning this week’s retreat read the scripture selections for the third Sunday of Advent : Isaiah 61:1-2a,Continue reading “Living in Hope: Reflections for the Third Week of Advent”

Retreat: “… Advent is a time of darkness, of faith.”

The Advent Retreat invites you into the Sunday scripture readings that take us back in time before Jesus’ birth into the centuries of longing for the messiah, the prince of peace. Jump into any of the four reflections. Pause. Take time for a little solitude in the midst of the rush of December. Look forContinue reading “Retreat: “… Advent is a time of darkness, of faith.””

Gospel Reflection for December 11, 3rd Sunday in Advent

John the Baptist said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Holy One.’” John 1.23 John the Baptist speaks in continuity with the prophets in Israel’s history.  In fact, Christian tradition hears in his preaching an echo of the voice of Second Isaiah who calledContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 11, 3rd Sunday in Advent”

Gospel Reflection for December 4th, 2nd Sunday in Advent

John the Baptist said, “I have baptized you in water; the one who is coming will baptize you in the Holy Spirit.” Mark 1.8 John the Baptist preaches repentance and has people who repent wash in water to symbolize their resolve to turn toward God.  Bathing washes away the sweat, dirt, and smell of pastContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 4th, 2nd Sunday in Advent”

Gospel Reflection for November 27th, First Sunday of Advent

Watch!  Stay awake!  You do not know when the appointed time will come. Mark 13.33 Like us, Jesus’ disciples in Sunday’s gospel want to know what the future will bring.  In Mark 13 they ask Jesus when the end will happen.  Jesus answers that no one knows when the end will be, not the day,Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for November 27th, First Sunday of Advent”