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1-30-22 - 4th Sunday of OT - Fr. Leo

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 1/25/22

4th Sunday OT - Fr. Leo

Jesus was rejected by those who knew him best.  Why, because God couldn’t be so familiar, could he?  He wouldn’t be human, would he?

Yes, God shared our nature in Christ and so is more familiar to us than we are to ourselves.  Our challenge is ... Read More »

1/23/22 - 3rd Sunday OT - Fr. Leo

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 1/18/22

3rd Sunday OT - Fr. Leo

As Jesus rolled up the scroll from Isaiah and handed it to the attendant, he proclaimed to all that he was the messiah, the Son of God, who would give sight to the blind and make justice reign for all people.  Thus began his ... Read More »

1-16-22 - 2nd Sunday OT - Fr. Leo

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 1/11/22

2nd Sunday Ordinary Time - Fr. Leo

The most amazing moment in our scriptures this morning is when Jesus transforms water into wine.  And not just any wine, but the finest wine.  I love this event, not because it somehow blesses my snobbish love for fine wine, but because ... Read More »

1-09-22 Baptism of the Lord - Fr. Leo

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 1/05/22

Baptism of the Lord - Fr. Leo

“In truth, I see that God shows no partiality. Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him.” (Acts 10:35)

After…Jesus had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him ... Read More »

1-02-22 - Epiphany - Fr. Leo

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 12/21/21

The Epiphany of the Lord - Fr. Leo

Magi came from the East seeking the new born king by the guidance of a star.  In the end, they bow down before the child and present him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  Gold symbolizing his earthly kingship, frankincense his heavily origin, ... Read More »

12-26-21 - Holy Family - Fr. Leo

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 12/15/21

Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph - Fr. Leo

Our scriptures today, offer us an abundance of guidance for the domestic church; the family.  The guidance is practical.  Sirach reminds us to be respectful of elders whose age and experience gives them authority, and then ... Read More »

12-19-21 - 4th Advent - Fr. Leo

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 12/09/21

4th Sunday of Advent - Fr. Leo “Behold, I come to do your will.” (Heb)

Mary and Elizabeth are center stage in today’s Gospel.  Both women have conceived by the grace of God.  Mary with the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit and Elizabeth by her faith in the God ... Read More »

12-12-21 - 3rd Advent - Fr. Leo

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 12/09/21

3rd Sunday of Advent - Fr. Leo

St. John the Evangelist continues his mission of preparing people for the coming of the Son of God.  Luke has him giving very practical advice to those who come to him.  To the soldiers, not to extort or falsely accuse.  To the tax collectors, not ... Read More »

12-05-21 - 2nd Sunday of Advent - Fr. Leo

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 11/30/21

2nd Sunday of Advent - Fr. Leo

“Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.”

In Luke’s gospel, John the Baptist quotes the Prophet Isaiah, “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.”  John’s quote advocates making room for God in our lives.  Just as we may ... Read More »

11-28-21 - 1st Sunday of Advent - Fr. Leo

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 11/18/21

1st Sunday of Advent - Fr. Leo

As a Church, we have celebrated the fulfillment of Jesus’ promised resurrection.  In death, we die with Christ and will rise in him to the fullness of God’s presence in the Kingdom of heaven.

As we begin the liturgical year today, on this ... Read More »