Mass Reflection for the Third Sunday of Advent (2019)

St John the Baptist is an imposing figure in all four gospels and was, without a doubt, an imposing figure during his ministry.  In last week’s gospel (Second Sunday in Advent Matthew 3:5) we heard that, “At that time Jerusalem, all Judea, and the whole region around the Jordan were …

Christ at Mass Reflection for the First Sunday of Advent (2019)

In his book, The Lord, Monsignor Romano Guardini writes that when Christ came to earth, salvation was at hand.  Christ arrived, meek as a newborn, offering himself to humanity, full of hope and promise, love and humility. Then, Guardini says, God gave humanity the freedom to accept Christ or not. …

Mass Reflection for the First Sunday of Advent (2019)

Happy New Year!  The first Sunday of Advent is the beginning of the new liturgical year for Catholics.  The liturgical year is a teaching tool (technical term; catechetical) to help us understand God’s action in human history.  The four weeks of Advent actually represent the whole of human history before …