The Epiphany of the Lord

Some years back, my brother Matthew had solar panels installed on his house. It is an impressive set-up: 36 panels, each with a 225 watt capacity, for a total of 8.1 kilowatts.

Third Sunday of Advent – Year B

“I rejoice heartily in the Lord, in my God is the joy of my soul.” We hear this from the prophet Isaiah. In the Responsorial Psalm, we hear, “My soul rejoices in my God.”

Second Sunday of Advent – Year B

“Be God’s Amazing Grace”

When I hear today’s 2nd reading from 2 Peter, echoing Psalm 90:4, when it tell us “With the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day,” I remember one of the later verses of John Newton’s hymn “Amazing Grace.”

First Sunday of Advent – Year B

Imagine being wheeled into an operating room for an organ transplant. The anaesthesia is quickly taking effect, colors are blurring, voices are muffled, everything seems far away.

The Nativity of the Lord

Christmas! One word that evokes so much emotion and so many memories. Trees, family, gifts. Whenever I think of Christmas, I can’t help but remember my cousin Mary. She and I grew up together. Born only a year apart, we are like sister and brother.

Fourth Sunday of Advent – Year A

We have lit the fourth and last candle on the Advent Wreath. The Season of Advent is quickly coming to a close, and very soon we shall celebrate Emmanuel, God is with us.

One of the prominent figures in our celebration of the birth of Jesus is his mother Mary. When we see Mary in the scripture we immediately think of the young woman who had an angel appear and ask her to be the mother of the savior. We have heard of the tremendous faith of her response to God to allow His will to be done. Mary has always been seen as the model of the faith filled person, the total disciple of God.

Third Sunday of Advent – Year A

If we could travel in time, we would journey back 2000 years ago to ancient Israel. When we arrived, we would discover that the Jewish people were under the control of the Roman Empire, which they despised. They kept praying to God to send them a messiah who would free them from the Romans and bring peace to the world.

Second Sunday of Advent – Year A

John the Baptist is a very unique and colorful character in our Advent scripture readings. John was chosen by God to be the one who proclaims who Jesus is and calls all to repent, believe in and follow Jesus.

From his mother Elizabeth’s womb, John leapt for joy when he encountered Jesus in Mary’s womb as she visited her cousin Elizabeth. Through my sisters, I have had the privilege of feeling the kick of a baby in its mother’s womb and it was a blessing and joy to feel the kick of new life and the potential that new life brings to the world. So, I know what a kick feels like, as does every mother, but I can only imagine what a leap feels like! That is the joy John felt when he encountered Jesus, the Savior of the world. From his mother’s womb, John was proclaiming that Jesus was our Savior.

First Sunday of Advent – Year A

Most of us can remember being told to “wake up” when we were growing up. Maybe the words came from one of our parents after we tried to catch a few extra minutes of sleep on a school day. Maybe it was in the classroom when we discovered that not only did we not know the answer to a teacher’s question – we didn’t even hear the question! For many of us, waking up is indeed hard to do and remaining attentive to someone or some task during the day can sometimes present an equal challenge.