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4th Sunday In Ordinary Time

Posted by Christine Rasure on 1/26/23

4th Sunday In Ordinary Time: Boastful or Humble?The Word of God today surprisingly says we can be both boastful and humble! That sounds rather foolish, doesn’t it? But Zephaniah the prophet instructs us to be “a people humble and lowly,” and Jesus, we know, teaches in his beatitudes today, “Blessed ... Read More »

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Christine Rasure on 1/20/23

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – “Want To Go Fishing?” The four fishermen from Galilee were no doubt terribly surprised, as they were working on their fishing nets and their fishing boats, when this stranger comes along and asks, “Come along and go fishing with me!” “Why should we follow ... Read More »

Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Christine Rasure on 1/12/23

Second Sunday of Ordinary Time – Come Up! Six Sundays of “Ordinary Time” That is Anything But Ordinary!Now that the Christmas Season of the liturgy is complete, we return to “Ordinary Time” until Lent starts.  In today’s readings we hear about three people who were sent by God to ... Read More »

The Epiphany of the Lord

Posted by Christine Rasure on 1/06/23

The Epiphany of the Lord – “We have come to do him homage!” Or to do him damage?  Well, it depends on whether we are talking the Jewish king, Herod, or the pagan magi (the three “kings” from Persia, now Iran). What a contrast! The Jewish leader in Jerusalem ... Read More »

Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Posted by Christine Rasure on 12/30/22

Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God – “Mary kept all these things … in her heart.”This great feast, which always comes on New Year’s Day, celebrates the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Mother of God. Jesus is indeed the focus of the Christmas Season, but he could ... Read More »

Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord

Posted by Christine Rasure on 12/24/22

Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord – “Today the Lord Is Born For Us”May all of you have a blessed and holy Christmas! For today our Savior is coming into our world, into our church, and into our lives. This great feast day is so important that the ... Read More »

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Posted by Christine Rasure on 12/15/22

Fourth Sunday of Advent – “Immanu-el”, Hebrew for “God is with us!” This is the primary message from the Lord to us in this Christmas season. The Son of God is going to enter into our world as a child born of a young woman, and thus God will ... Read More »

Third Sunday of Advent

Posted by Christine Rasure on 12/09/22

Third Sunday of Advent – “Then What Did You Go Out To See?”The people of Judea were going out to see John the Baptist. What or who are we looking for when we come to church? In Matthew’s gospel today, Jesus answered questions about his own identity that were ... Read More »

Second Sunday of Advent

Posted by Christine Rasure on 12/04/22

Second Sunday of Advent – “Repent!” But who likes to repent?Today in the Gospel, John the Baptist is busy getting people prepared for the Coming of the Messiah by warning us, “Repent! For the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” There is an urgency about John’s ministry – the ... Read More »

First Sunday of Advent

Posted by Christine Rasure on 11/26/22

First Sunday of Advent – “Be Prepared!”A long, long time ago I was once a Boy Scout in Troop 336 at St. Michael’s Parish in Shrewsbury. One of the things that I learned from my Boy Scout manual was the Boy Scout Motto, “Be Prepared!”  A well-trained Scout was ... Read More »