Fourth Sunday of Advent

Posted on December 24, 2017 by - Advent Reflections

fourth sunday of advent

2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8B-12, 14A, 16
Romans 16:25-27
Luke 1:26-38

Advent comes along every year and will continue to do so until Jesus returns. As this season draws to a close, we can each ask ourselves, “Am I now any better a disciple of Jesus Christ and more of a steward of all my gifts than before the Advent season started?” I have been on this earth for 40+ years. I have had 40+ Advents to draw closer to God and to work on taking more seriously my baptismal call. Some have gone better than others, but I would like to think my spiritual life progressed at least a small amount during each of them.


Third Saturday of Advent

Posted on December 23, 2017 by - Advent Reflections

third saturday of advent

Malachi 3:1-4,23-24
Luke 1:57-66

There is not much time left! Are you ready for Christmas? Do you have any last minute things to do before Monday? In the next few days, God will continue to call us in subtle and profound ways. We live within the parameters of a calendar, a season, and time. God does not. It is easy to miss the call of God at this time of year, which is really sort of crazy since this time of year is all about God.


Third Friday of Advent

Posted on December 22, 2017 by - Advent Reflections

third friday of advent

1 Samuel 1:24-28
Luke 1:46-56

I love to be around happy people. I bet you do too. Those who seemingly overflow with joy in the Lord make life seem easier and cause us to forget some of our lesser burdens.

That being said, I know too many unhappy people in this world. There are some who have lived very difficult lives, but others that just seem to not want to be happy. Some of these people may be actually depressed and in need of help, but others just seem to refuse to see the good in life.


Third Thursday of Advent

Posted on December 21, 2017 by - Advent Reflections

third thursday of advent

Song of Songs 2:8-14
Luke 1:39-45

This time of year is filled with parties, dinners, and family gatherings for many of us. We spend so much time decorating, shopping, and cooking so can be wellsprings of hospitality and graciousness. However, some people in our midst experience none of these realities.

Some have no one to visit or know no one that will visit him or her. There are no parties to attend, no family to call on, and no money for shopping. They may or may not have a home. During these days leading up to Christmas, they are truly alone.


Lessons In Obedience

Posted on December 20, 2017 by - Connect! Sunday Reflection

Connect! Sunday Reflection: Lessons In ObedienceFor Sunday, December 24, 2017
Fourth Sunday of Advent

2 Samuel 7:1-15, 8B-12, 14A, 16
Romans 16:25-28
Luke 1:26-38

The Gospels do not relate a single word spoken by Joseph, the husband of Mary. He is a silent, loving figure standing in the shadows during Advent, coming into view only in the final days of this season of watching and waiting. And, while we do hear from Mary in the gospels of Luke and John, few of her words have come down to us.

Despite the fact that we hear so little from the parents of Jesus, we can nevertheless recognize one particular virtue that both shared: obedience.

Third Wednesday of Advent

Posted on December 20, 2017 by - Advent Reflections

third wednesday of advent

Isaiah 7:10-14
Luke 1:26-38

In today’s Gospel, Mary responds to the angel Gabriel, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Her words are echoed in the US Bishops’ pastoral letter – Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response – where the first primary conviction of the letter is that we are all called to a mature discipleship where we respond to the call of God regardless of the cost. We can hear what Mary said, and read what is written in the pastoral letter, but that does not make us magically mature.


Third Tuesday of Advent

Posted on December 19, 2017 by - Everyday Stewardship

third tuesday of advent

Judges 13:2-7, 24-25A
Luke 1:5-25

Miracle on 34st Street, whether it is the original movie or one of the remakes, seems to be playing on television and on streaming services all over the place at this time of year. The question it addresses is one about the existence of Santa Claus. Looking at the title alone, one could ask a simple question without even seeing the movie: Do miracles really happen?


Re-Think Your Christmas Parking Lot

Posted on December 18, 2017 by - Vibrant Parish Toolkit

christmas parking lot

Christmas is a week away! As Catholic churches around the world prepare to celebrate the birth of our Savior, we remember that “the regulars” – Mary and Joseph – were not alone that Christmas night. While there was no room in the inn, there was space in the stable to welcome the shepherds.

Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Midnight Mass…tis the season for fuller pews. How can your parish best handle the influx and prepare an inviting celebration for all?


Third Monday of Advent

Posted on December 18, 2017 by - Advent Reflections

third monday of advent

Jeremiah 23:5-8
Matthew 1:18-25

I love watching my daughter on the stage. She loves to act and drama has become her thing in school. She gets anxious before she goes on stage, but I wouldn’t say she is scared. She knows that God has given her a gift and will assist her in using it. I don’t think I am being biased to say I think she is pretty talented, but it’s okay if I am. She is a gift of God to me and watching her use her gifts makes me so happy that my judgment could be a little off. However, just a little.


Third Sunday of Advent

Posted on December 17, 2017 by - Advent Reflections

third sunday of advent

Isaiah 61:1-2A, 10-11
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
John 1:6-8, 19-28

As Christians, we are called to a life of prayer. This is not just during seasons like Advent, but all year long. When we talk about being prayerful everyday stewards, we are speaking about cultivating an awareness of God being with us at all times. Each day we begin by offering God the entirety of our day. Each night we rest in him and hope that the hours that passed gave him glory.