Advent-Christmas Season 2019

Advent Day 15 ~ Rejoice! The Lord is near!

The Third Sunday of Advent ~ December 15, 2019 In our Catholic liturgical calendar this is “Gaudete Sunday — the Sunday of Joy.    We’re halfway through Advent and the vestment color is Rose, rather than purple, the color of penitence.  So, we may see the celebrant wearing rose vestments. This is supposed to be a […]

Advent Day 12 ~ The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe ~ God prefers the poor

Thursday of the Second Week of Advent ~ THE FEAST OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE Today,we honor our sister and brothers in Mexico as they celebrate the appearance of the Mother of Jesus to a poor peasant native Mexican nearly five hundred years ago. Today, may we unite ourselves in solidarity with all the peoples […]

Advent Day 8 ~ The Messenger of the Son of God ~ You can be his messenger too!

Second Sunday of Advent~ December 8, 2019 The emergence of John the Baptist, Scripture scholar William Barclay states, was like “the sudden sounding of the Voice of God.” Why? Because the prophets of Israel had been silent for four hundred years and the Jewish people were sadly conscious of that fact. And in today’s gospel, […]

Advent Day 5 ~ How Firm is your foundation? Is it on sand or rock?

Today’s readings talk about how our God provides a firm foundation on which we can build. The first read from Isaiah (28: 1-8)  . . . . On that day they will sing this song in the land of Judah: “A strong city have we; he sets up walls and ramparts to protect us. Open […]

Advent Day 3 – The wolf and the lamb – the owl and the lion

Tuesday of the First Week of Advent Dear Friends, Isaiah dreams of a bright future for us. He shows us a wonderful vision: the animals lead the way to peace! Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb . . The calf and the young lion shall browse together, with a little child […]

Stay Awake! Be Prepared!

The First Sunday of Advent / December 1st, 2019 Dear Friends, On Sunday, December 1st we begin the Advent season for the liturgical Christian churches. Interestingly enough, we begin at the end — thinking about THE END – the end of the world.  The early Christians believed Jesus was coming “soon and very soon.” The […]