Once again, Happy New Year and welcome to another liturgical year … another Advent … a new opportunity to prepare our minds and hearts for the coming of Jesus into the world on Christmas Day and at the end of time. How blessed we are to believe that the infinite, almighty, eternal God came among us in time. We are even more blessed to believe that his coming offers us the hope for eternal live in God’s loving embrace. Advent Season speaks of both of these comings and it’s important […]
Isaiah 63: 16b – 17, 19b, 64:2 – 7
We begin Year B in the Sunday Liturgical Calendar this Sunday. The Gospel featured this year is Mark; the oldest Gospel and the shortest. And, as we do in year A, we will hear for the next three weeks from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah. This Sunday, it is from the chapters that are often called Trito-Isaiah (56 – 66) and most scripture scholars assign to the time after the people have been allowed to return to Jerusalem. But, as […]
Jesus said to his disciples: “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come. …Watch, therefore; you do not know when the lord of the house is coming, whether in the evening, or at midnight, or at the cockcrow, or in the morning. May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!’” (Mk 13:33, 36-37).
With these words, our Lord calls us to prepare us for his coming; he comes to bring us to God’s kingdom. As […]