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January 31, 2016

Posted by Erin O'Leary on 2/03/16

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A reflection by Fr. Leo

Today's Gospel passage picks up where last Sunday's left off.  Jesus proclaimed the passage from Isaiah and claimed himself to be the one to bring God's word to fruition.  At first, all are amazed by him and the Spirit ... Read More »

January 24, 2016

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 1/22/16

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time - A Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

We hear the first four sentences of Luke’s gospel, then it jumps to the middle of chapter four.  Jumping over the infancy narrative we heard a few weeks ago, and also Jesus’ sojourn  in the desert, we ... Read More »

January 17, 2016

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 1/14/16

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time –

A Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

The last sentence of today’s Gospel reads, “Jesus did this (changed the water into wine) as the beginning of his signs at Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in ... Read More »

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 »