“Teach me your ways, O Lord.” Our Responsorial Psalm this week comes from Psalm 25 and is a prayer for forgiveness and guidance. It expresses our desire to learn God’s ways, to be taught His ways and to be guided in His ways. We have confidence in his compassion and goodness. The section for this week
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Our readings this week take us back to the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. In many ways they are about discovery. Discovery of who we are and who Christ is. Discovery of His will for us. In the gospel John is the herald of the Good News to come – Jesus the Messiah. John, upon seeing Jesus
There is an oddity that occurs in this year’s Liturgical Calendar – The Baptism of the Lord disappears! (it happens once every seven years or so). Oh it’s there – on Monday January 8, the day after the Epiphany, but it is gone from the Sunday calendar and so kind of out of view. This oddity
A child is born - and the world is changed. His very presence caused changes that affect every one of us. We hear in the gospel, “Do not be afraid Mary, for you have found favor with God.” This is the most frequently repeated phrase in the bible – both the Old Testament and the New Testament
Rejoice – we do the work of the Lord as John did. We are not Christ, but we witness to his goodness and mercy. For he is both here in our midst and awaiting for us at the eternal banquet. In Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians, he invites us to live in joy, prayer, and thanksgiving,
We celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary this Friday. She is the Patroness of SVdP as well as for our country. The Feast celebrates the fact that she was without sin (the only human other than Jesus who can make that claim). She was without sin, but she was not
We begin a new liturgical year with anticipation of the birth of a newborn. God is fully aware of our challenges, obstacles and missteps. But He comes as a little baby, innocent and without judgement. He comes to meet us, not so much so that he can get to know us, but so that we might
In our gospel this week, Jesus addresses that ultimate question – what separates those who go to heaven from those who don’t? His message is clear and perhaps not quite what some would expect. He says nothing about those things we typically think of as sins, the things that we do that are wrong. Sins of
Our readings this week continue the theme of preparation for the end time. The first reading from the end of the book of Proverbs describes the ideal or ‘worthy’ wife. She is industrious, charitable and prayerful. But she goes beyond the basics of her family because she has a dedication to the Lord. She extends herself
“Stay awake! For you do not know the time or hour.” Our readings this week provide us both a clear warning to be prepared for the end time to come. We should not wait, for we do not know the time or hour. These readings harken back to first gospel of the year which offered the