Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Is 58:7-101 Cor 2:1-5Mt 5:13-16 Salt and Light  Salt and light are important to life in many ways. In Jesus’ time, salt was used for cooking, as a preservative and a healing agent. Think how bland much of our food would be today without some salt as flavoring. Since the beginning of time, light has…

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13.1 Corinthians 1:26-31.Matthew 5:1-12A. The Beatitudes Our vocation as Christians is not to be first in this world, but rather to be first in the eyes of God. In the Gospel of Matthew for Sunday’s liturgy, we find a description of people who strive to be first in the eyes of God. They…

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 8:23-9:31 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17Matthew 4:12-23 Committed Followers Today Matthew’s Gospel describes the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry. After Jesus heard about John the Baptist’s arrest, he moves to the northern region of Galilee. “He left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali, that what…

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 49:3, 5-6First Corinthians 1:1-3John 1:29-34 Responding to the Call One clear theme found in the Sunday readings is that of call and what it means to respond to the call. Isaiah is told, “… you [are] to be my servant, to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and restore the survivors of Israel; I…

Epiphany

Isaiah 42:1-9Acts 10:34-43Matthew 3:13-17 Revelation On this first Sunday of the New Year we celebrate the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus the Christ. It’s on this feast of the epiphany that we hear the story of the three magi bringing gifts to the new born child. Because the magi (representing the non-Jewish people of…

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Numbers 6: 22-27Galatians 4: 4-7Luke 2: 16-21 Resolutions “The Lord bless you and keep you! The Lord let His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace!” (Num 6:24-26). This blessing from the Hebrew Scriptures is a good way to greet all you readers…

Fourth Sunday in Advent

Is 7:10-14Rom 1:1-7Mt 1:18-24 Joseph This last Sunday before Christmas is a time to reflect on the birth of Jesus. The readings take us in a different direction except for the gospel. The gospel tells us about Joseph who discovers that his future wife is pregnant. Imagine his situation since he is a good and…

Third Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 35:1-6A, 10James 5:7-10Matthew 11:2-11 Persistence In the gospel for Sunday John the Baptist, who is in prison, asks a question of Jesus that many people ask in our own time. “Are you the one who is to come, or have we got to wait for someone else?” It has almost been two thousand years…

Second Sunday in Advent

Is 11:1-10Rom 15:4-9Mt 3:1-12 Harmony Advent is a time of preparation and waiting. We wait once again for the coming of Jesus at our celebration of Christmas, the great reminder that Jesus became incarnate to share human life with us. Advent is the time we prepare or renew ourselves to be ready for Jesus’ coming….