Contributed on Dec 2, 2018
This Advent, try to spend more time and effort and even money in preparing yourself and helping others to welcome the Lord at Christmas than you spend on presents.
First Sunday of Advent 2018 Jeremiah has to be one of the saddest prophets of any age of the Hebrew people. His message could be summarized in one word–disaster. It was a disaster for the people who were delivered from Egypt by God through Moses, who were led through the desert, given the land of ...read more
Contributed on Nov 20, 2021
From Mary's poverty came the greatest event in human history.
Monday of 34th week in course This is the time of year churches and schools and other non-profit institutions have been waiting for: tax-reduction season. The rich will–and we thank God for it–be sending in their end-of-the-year donations. It’s been a particularly hard year for many charities, ...read more
Contributed on Dec 4, 2021
Without God in the world we have no hope. When we come to know God as a true and present and living reality in our lives, we receive the gift of hope.
Monday of 2nd week in Advent What was the hope of the man with the paralyzed limbs? What was the hope of the men who in their faith and love let him down into the room where Jesus was? At first glance, the only thing they seemed to want was a healing touch, a friend once more able to walk. But ...read more
Contributed on Dec 11, 2021
Today we are in a struggle like that between Moses and Balak, or between Jesus and the religious authorities, a battle to the death between God’s people and a pagan secular culture.
Homily for Monday in 3rd Week of Advent Balaam was a prophet for hire. He was a wealthy and respected prophet of Yahweh, but he was not an Israelite. Balak, a king who was in the way of Israel as they moved toward the Promised Land, was nervous about all these people moving across his territory. ...read more
Contributed on Dec 18, 2021
During this Christmas season, it makes sense that we should follow Mary’s prophetic declaration, “all generations will call me blessed”, by praying her prayer, the Magnificat, and asking God to give us the same spirit of obedience she had.
December 22 The Magnificat The Gospel we just read, the song of Mary, is called in the Jerome Biblical Commentary: “a ponderous piece of poetry with little originality or imagination.” I looked up how many times this ponderous piece of poetry called the Magnificat has been set to music in The ...read more