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December 2016

Mary, the Mother of God-January 1


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You may have noticed that in liturgy the event of Christmas, the birth of Christ, is so important that we celebrate each of the following eight days after Christmas  as Christmas... the Octave of Christmas.  

For many people, Christmas is over except for all the sales but that is not true for us. 

 Gospel luke

In the Gospel that we will hear, it was the shepherds who first brought the news that the one that is born will bring to each of us the gift of eternal life.  Death is overcome.




Shepherds were not the intelligent, were not the elite, were not the rich, but were the poor, uneducated, who first announced the eternal good news.  All who heard this news were amazed.  





You and I have been given eternal life and all because Mary said yes to God.  

That in itself seems amazing.  She willingly undertook the challenge to become the mother of God.


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In the first reading from the Book of Numbers, we hear that God 
wanted to bless the Israelites  even after all their doubts and all their turning from God so many times in their history.  Moses was instructed by God to tell his brother Aaron, that His people were to be blessed. We hear that blessing in this reading.  That blessing is also each of us.

 God is always wanting to bless us, to forgive us, to give us the news of eternal life, that same news that the shepherds brought to the human race.  





In the second reading, Paul writes to the people of Galatia whom he had catechized because they were  beginning to have their doubts and fears.  

He gives them courage to face the Gal Sonsstruggles they were having and to not believe the doubts that some were trying to plant in them.  They had been chosen; they have been called by name, they were to call God

Abba,  Father.

That is also true for each of us today.  God continues to want a close relationship with each and every one of us.  

A relationship that always brings God's  love and forgiveness when we ask for it.



Abba father

 As we continue through life and the days ahead in this new year, I hope and pray that this great event of Mary saying,  "Yes, be it done according to your  will",  can give us courage in those times when we doubt, when we feel attacked, when we wonder if God is really there for  us.


We are Children of God!



Mary mother

 Let us pray to be able like Mary to say yes to God... Our Father


in the struggles, the doubts, the difficulties

that will come our way too.

Gaudete Sunday-3rd Sunday of Advent Cycle A

December 11, 2016

Gaudete Sunday


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Gaudete sunday rose candle

The priest has the option of wearing Rose/Pink vestments



 Gaudete is the word that means...Rejoice


There are times for each of us when we might think...What is there to Rejoice about???

Today's readings can really speak to us.  


Isaiah 35In the first reading that same hope and promise that was made to the Hebrew people coming out of their horrible exile in Babylon is given to each of us. Isaiah  tells what God will do for his people.

Remember that God had taken the Hebrews out of their slavery in Egypt in the 13th century B.C. and then again taken them out of their exile in Babylon in the 6th century B.C.



God will do the same for us. He will always take us out of our slavery, our exile of our disbelief, our sins.

Remember God worked through the pagan King Cyrus who freed the Hebrews from their Babylonian exile.  They would find it difficult to believe that God would work through a pagan, a non believer, but He did.


But how hard it is to wait for God.

We want instant things from our God.



St. James, in the second reading, says to this early Christian Community to be  patient. God will come even for us in our difficult situations.  Are we willing to wait and watch for the Lord to come every day.  That is what this season of Advent it all about.


Wait & Watch





Matthew prison

In the Gospel St. John the Baptist, while in prison, finds out that Jesus is  the Messiah, the one to come.  

John is the one about whom it is written:
Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you;
he will prepare your way before you.


Those times of struggles and difficulties may well be the preparing us for the coming of the Lord into our lives.  Perhaps our struggles will help us to see our own disbelief that God will care for us.  That can be a real gift showing us our need to pray for a change of heart or for our own conversion.



Wait and Watch for the Lord

He is coming everyday for each of us.


Rejoice and always and wait for the Lord




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