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Sweet Lamb of God

Second Sunday after the Epiphany
January 19, 2020

Today, we hear John the Baptizer single Jesus out as "The Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world."  But, what does that mean?  

Scripture: Isaiah 49:1-7; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9; John 1:29-42a

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Family Reunion

The Baptism of Our Lord
 January 12, 2020

By being baptized, Jesus began His work for us, His people.  This event brings to us the 'epiphany' that Jesus, the man, is also God's Son.  And, because of Him, we, too, are washed clean in the waters of baptism.

Scripture:  Isaiah 42:1-9; Romans 6:1-11; Matthew 3:13-17


A Tale of Three Kings

Feast of the Epiphany (observed)
January 05, 2020

The Feast of the Epiphany, a lesser known Christian holiday in America.  It is the beginning of an entire Church season of the same name; Epiphany.  It is a time marked by events that reveal to us that the human, known as Jesus, is more than just a human ... He is Divine.  He is God.  The visit of the magi is the first even in this season, as Gentile wise-men come and worship a humble toddler.  But, these 'three kings' are not the only kings in the story ... 

Scripture: Isaiah 60:1-6; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12

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Defeating Herod

First Sunday after Christmas
December 29, 2019

The commemoration of the Holy Innocents, those children who were slain by Herod who was trying to kill the newborn King; Jesus, stands in stark contrast to the festive sentimentality that fills the Christmas season.  One child born, dozens slain.  What can we learn from this terrible act of a merciless narcissist?

Scriptures:  Isaiah 63:7-14; Galatians 4:4-7; Matthew 2:13-23

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A Faithful Father

Advent 4, December 22, 2019

 

Many families will sit around their living rooms to hear the Nativity story.  More than likely, the story they will turn to is the one told in St. Luke's Gospel.  But, St. Matthew tells the story through different eyes.  He tells us of the struggles of St. Joseph, Jesus' step-father.  Joseph was very gracious man; just, compassionate, humble, obedient....

What can we learn from this silent saint?

Scripture: Isaiah 7:10-17; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25


A Lighter Advent

Advent 3, December 15, 2019

The Advent Wreath is a symbol of God's continuing revelation to His people.  He continues to call us, to enlighten us through His Word, and to feed our faith in the Sacraments.  St. John the Baptizer also serves to point us to "the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world."  Come and behold Him!

Scripture: Isaiah 35:1-10; James 5:7-11; Matthew 11:2-15


Incomprehensible Peace

Advent 2, December 8, 2019

The time of year between Thanksgiving and Christmas is often seen as a time of peace, thankfulness, family and all things gentle and nice.  But, when we look around our world, our homes, or even our own hearts, peace is not truly there.  So, how can we call Jesus the Prince of Peace, if we don't see, feel, or experience peace?  Listen to what the prophets Isaiah and St. John the Baptizer have to say...

Scripture: Isaiah 11:1-10; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12

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