29 Nov

Gospel November 29, 2020

Today, we begin the First Sunday of Advent which is the beginning of a new liturgical year. Today’s first reading from “Third Isaiah” deals with a very difficult time in Israel’s history: their return from the Babylonian exile. When the exiles return, they find their land has been stolen, and Jerusalem, including the Temple, has been destroyed. The Israelites struggled to rebuild their lives and Temple. The prophet Isaiah lamenting a prayer of frustration directed to God. Let us listen to what Isaiah has to say to his grieving and struggling people. 

22 Nov

Gospel November 22, 2020

Today the whole Church celebrates the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. The first reading from the Prophet Ezekiel images God as a Good Shepherd caring for his sheep. After the fall of Jerusalem, those still alive are taken into exile in Babylon. During their time in exile, the people had no shepherds, no leaders. Ezekiel, a prophet also in exile, tells his people that God alone is personally responsible to take care of his flock. God will tend to them, rescue them, pasture them, and give them rest. God will find the sheep that are lost and bring them back. God will bring order to God’s flock. Therefore, the Good Shepherd protects his sheep with strength, compassion, discipline, and love.  

15 Nov

Gospel November 15, 2020

The First Reading is from the Book of Proverbs. These verses give us an example of a prudent, competent, and faithful wife who is well known and praised for her abilities in serving her family and others. A worthy wife, Proverbs says, “is far beyond the price of pearls”. She is hardworking, mainly for her family, but “she also reaches out her hands to the poor, and extends her arms to the needy.” Her value is not in her charm or her beauty but in her wisdom, in her awareness of where the real priorities in life lie.

08 Nov

Gospel November 8, 2020

The First Reading is from the Book of Wisdom, which is one of the seven books of the Old Testament and only found in Catholic Bibles. It was written about 100 BC. For the Wisdom author, true wisdom is right relationship with God. Therefore, the Book of Wisdom is full of good advice for those seeking a deeper relationship with the Lord. Today’s reading describes how accessible wisdom is to all who seek her. “She is readily perceived by those who love her, and is found by those who seek her.” The Book of wisdom encourages us to seek this gift of wisdom to be “prudent and keep vigil,” in other words, be prepared.

01 Nov

Gospel November 1, 2020

Today the Church honors all the Saints who have allowed the face of God to be seen in them. The First Reading is from the Book of Revelation. The Book of Revelation was written to give hope to the early Christians who were suffering persecution under the Emperor Domitian (81-96 AD) for their belief in the Lamb, the Risen Christ. Today’s reading contains two visions portraying in vivid imagery the salvation of the just. In the first vision, John has a glimpse of the last terrible days when a final assault on the earth is brought on by every evil power.