First Sunday in Advent

Jeremiah 33:14-161 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 Advent Advent is a time of anticipation, a time of waiting. As committed Christians we actively wait for the second coming of the Christ at some unknown time in the future. But each year at Christmas we celebrate Jesus’ first coming into our midst. As we prepare for Christmas, we are reminded…

34th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Daniel 7:13-14Revelation 1:5-8John 18:33B-37 Solemnity of Christ the King The Responsorial Psalm Response points to the core belief of today’s feast of Christ the King. “The LORD is king; he is robed in majesty.” For us Americans the idea of a king is foreign to us. We know from history and current day monarchies that…

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Daniel 12:1-3Hebrews 10:11-14, 18Mark 13:24-32 The End Times “… Today the readings direct our attention to the end of time. We are promised that if we are faithful, we shall not be destroyed. We are promised that the Archangel Michael will be there helping us. We are told that the one great sacrifice for sins has been made…

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

1 Kings 17:10-16Hebrews 9:24-28Mark 12:38-44 Or Mark 12:41-44 Faith and Generosity There is a clear link between the widow of Zarephath in the first reading and the widow in the gospel story. The first widow and her son are close to starvation when Elijah asks her for food and water. She trusts Elijah when he…

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Deuteronomy 6:2-6Hebrews 7:23-28Mark 12:28B-34 Love God and Neighbor The reading from Deuteronomy gives us the famous command to love God above all else. This command is reiterated in the gospel story when one of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him, “Which is the first of all the commandments?” Jesus replied, “The first is…

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jeremiah 31:7-9Hebrews 5:1-6Mark 10:46-52 Bartimaeus This is my favorite gospel from all of the New Testament. I believe this short story provides us with is a summary of how we become disciples. I will go through some of the phrases to help us understand how we personally perceive God, to point out how we need…

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 53:10-11Hebrews 4:14-16Mark 10:35-45 or 10:42-45 Renounce and Enjoy The title for this reflection comes from Gandhi, a man who lived for others. The belief that a person can be detached from one’s own desires fits both Gandhi and the story from today’s gospel. James and John come to Jesus and ask, “Grant that in…

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Wis 7:7-11Heb 4:12-13MK 10:17-27 Wisdom The first reading from the book of Wisdom begins with, “I prayed, and prudence was given me; I pleaded, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.” These words relate to the story we hear in the gospel reading when a young man approaches Jesus to ask what he must…

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Genesis 2:18-24Hebrews 2:9-11Mark 10:2-16 Or Mark 10:2-12 Commitment The gospel acclamation sets the tone for today’s readings. “If we love one another, God remains in us and [God’s] love is brought to perfection in us.”  In the first reading from Genesis, God creates humans and gives the man and woman to each other. “… the…

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Numbers 11:25-29James 5:1-6Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 Jealousy In the first reading from Numbers and the Gospel of Mark jealousy rears its ugly head. The Lord shares some of the spirit that was on Moses with seventy-two of the elders of the community. Two who were not present also receive the same spirit. Immediately it is…