For Sunday, December 4, 2016, 2nd Sunday of Advent
I am walking. It’s only been a few days now. But I am tired. There is no place to sit in this desert, in this wilderness. I look out ahead and can barely see the goal. I must keep going. My heart and my hope drive me on. As I look ahead, I stumble. Another’s hand pulls me up.
We are walking. It seems for only a few minutes. A finger points toward the goal and we trudge ahead with heads higher. No longer alone, there is more energy in the quest. Is the vision ahead sharper? As it clears, I turn and share what I see. And beside me (more…)
For Sunday, November 27, 2016, 1st Sunday of Advent
Before a football team signs a new player, it spends hours scouting his performance on the field. The scouts want to see not only if he can make plays, but whether he works hard at practice and how willing he is to listen to the coach. Not only are the player’s skills important but also his character. And so, not only do they monitor his performance on the field, but they investigate what he does with his free time. When he is not at practice or at the game, is he studying and spending time with his family? Or is he going to parties and getting himself into trouble? (more…)
For Sunday, November 20, 2016, Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
“Jesus Christ,” Pope Francis writes, “is the face of the Father’s mercy… Merciful like the Father, therefore, is the ‘motto’ of this Holy Year. In mercy, we find proof of how God loves us. He gives his entire self, always, freely, asking nothing in return. He comes to our aid whenever we call upon him… Day after day, touched by his compassion, we also can become compassionate towards others (Misericordiae Vultus, #1, 14).
The night of our American presidential election I took a walk as the sun was setting. A pink ribbon cast across the full horizon of the western sky wove itself around the falling night clouds. The beauty of it lifted my angst set in motion by an agonizing political year. Shakespeare came to mind. (more…)
For Sunday, November 13, 2016, 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
There are many unpleasant facts of life we try to avoid thinking or talking about. First among these is our own death. Our life is precious, and we cannot bear the thought of losing it. Nonetheless it is a reality that we need to be aware of and come to terms with. As unpleasant as it may be to think about, it is unavoidable.
Every year in November with the days growing darker and winter fast approaching, we as a church reflect upon some disturbing and sometimes terrifying realities—our death and the end of the world. (more…)
For Sunday, November 6, 2016, 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
For about five years now, a new translation of the Mass has been implemented in parishes throughout the English-speaking world. It has been the most important change to the liturgy since it was first translated into English after the Second Vatican Council. The hope has been that by presenting a translation that is closer to the original Latin, we will gain a deeper understanding of the words we pray during Mass.
One of the interesting changes in wording that has taken place is to the Nicene Creed, which we pray together after the homily. The words “We believe” have been changed to (more…)