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”

2012 is the Year of St. Mark

Mark is the focus of 2012. The year 2012 is the year of Mark, Cycle B, in the Church’s cycles of scripture readings. The first to be written and the closest to oral traditions, Mark’s gospel originates in the watershed year A.D. 70, the year the Roman 10th Legion destroys the temple in Jerusalem, leaving notContinue reading “2012 is the Year of St. Mark”