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1-31-2021 - 4th Sunday of OT - Fr. Leo

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 1/26/21

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Fr. Leo

“The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not like the scribes.”

These words from Mark’s gospel capture our natural response when we encounter a person with incredible integrity.  The truth and goodness ... Read More »

1-24-21 - 3rd Sunday OT - Fr. Leo

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 1/21/21

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Fr. Leo

A key word in our first reading from Jonah and in our Gospel from Mark, is the word “repent.”  For most of us the word “repent” caries a lot of baggage.  In hearing the world “repent,” we think of ourselves as ... Read More »

1-17-21 - 2nd Sunday OT - Fr. Leo

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 1/12/21

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Fr. Leo

In that familiar and beautiful story of Samuel being called by God out of his sleep, Samuel cones to recognize the Lord’s voice and makes himself available by asking the Lord to speak as he is listening.

God is also calling ... Read More »

1-10-21 - Baptism of the Lord - Fr. Leo

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 1/05/21

The Baptism of the Lord - Fr. LeoBelieving in Jesus Christ as the incarnate Son of God is the cornerstone of our faith.  As a human Jesus was baptized by John.  Then by the power of the Holy Spirit his divinity was revealed and announced by the Father’s voice ... Read More »

1-03-21 - Epiphany - Fr. Leo

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 12/23/20

Today, in the words of Isiah, we “Rise up in splendor.”  For us a light has come to dispel darkness. Seekers from other lands, guided by light, are brought to its source in the God-made-man, Jesus Christ.  The light that is our redemption from all that keeps us from the ... Read More »

12-27-20 - Holy Family - Fr. Leo

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 12/17/20

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

The scriptures today offer us much wisdom, even if it is clothed in the words of a patriarchal culture that is not our own.  So before dismissing these texts because they are not politically correct to our ears, ... Read More »

12-20-20 - 4th Advent - Fr. Leo

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 12/11/20

4th Sunday of Advent - Fr. Leo

In preaching today’s gospel of the Annunciation of Mary, the focus is usually placed on Mary’s words at the end, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Mary’s ‘yes’ to God ... Read More »

12-13-20 - 3rd Advent - Fr. Leo

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 12/09/20

3rd Advent - Fr. Leo

John the Baptist baptizes with water.  Christ baptizes in the Holy Spirit.

John’s baptism of water is an invitation to become aware of our conscience.  This is the beginning of our natural seeking to know ourselves and to come to know God. To become ... Read More »

12-6-20 - 2nd Advent - Fr. Leo

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 12/01/20

2nd Advent - Fr. Leo

“I have baptized you with water;he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

John the Baptist called people to repent of their sins.  This is done by professing our sins, owning our own behavior that has torn down rather than built up.  However, this ... Read More »

11-29-20 - 1st Advent - Fr. Leo

Posted by Erin O'Leary on 11/29/20

1st Sunday of Advent - Fr. Leo

“Be watchful! Be alert!”

Awaiting the revelation of Christ in every moment is the invitation of Advent.  

Waking up in this context is to do what we can to develop a God-consciousness at all times. The people in our first reading ... Read More »