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January 10, 2016

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 1/07/16

The Baptism of Our Lord – A Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

Elizabeth was six months pregnant when Mary visited her and her baby leapt in her womb for joy.  John was the baby who was predestined to announce the coming of the Christ.  John and Jesus were kinsman ... Read More »

January 3, 2016

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 12/23/15

The Epiphany of the Lord - A Refection by Fr. Leo

 

During the Easter Vigil the Paschal Candle is brought to the front of the Sanctuary for the singing of the Exultet.  As the lit candle is being carried forward the presider stops three times and chants, “Christ ... Read More »

December 27, 2015

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 12/23/15

Feast of the Holy Family - A Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

The story of Jesus teaching in the temple was a common type of story in different religions used to underscore the divine wisdom.  In our case, the divine wisdom of Jesus the Christ.  “All who heard him ... Read More »

December 20, 2015

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 12/10/15

Fourth Sunday of Advent - A Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

In the Old Testament the Jews understand themselves as the chosen people, God’s chosen people.  For them God is God and they the chosen.  God is in the heavens and they live here in this world with God’s ... Read More »

December 13, 2015

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 12/10/15

Third Sunday in Advent - A Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

The words of our first reading from Zephaniah seem too good to be true.  Like Santa Clause, the Savior comes to make everything good.  Enemies are taken away, including

shame and guilt, and our God rejoices over us ... Read More »

December 6, 2015

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 12/02/15

Second Sunday of Advent - A Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

Luke roots today’s narrative in historical time. It is the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar.  Pilate is governor.  Herod is in Galilee and Philip and Lysanias had their regions too.  Seems like over kill to ... Read More »

November 29, 2015

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 11/25/15

First Sunday in Advent - A Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

Christianity is a way of living grounded in prayer.  Our goal as Christians is to enter the Kingdom of God in it’s fullness. The Kingdom as defined by Jesus is the fullness of the presence of God the ... Read More »

November 22, 2015

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 11/20/15

Feast of Christ the King – A Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

‘Jesus answered, "You say I am a king.

For this I was born and for this I came into the world,

to testify to the truth.

Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice."‘

 

... Read More »

November 15, 2015

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 11/11/15

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – A reflection by Fr. Leo

 

The gospel closes with the words, "But of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."  That hour is the coming of Christ.  The reason no ... Read More »

November 8, 2015

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 11/06/15

Thirty-Second Sunday In Ordinary Time -

A Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

Jesus’ dying once for all marks the end of Atonement Theology.  No longer are we to pay a price in suffering for our sins; the punishment of death or hell.  Jesus paid the price once and for ... Read More »