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

The Lord is with you. In today’s Gospel, the angel announces that the baby, Jesus, in Mary’s womb shall be called Emmanuel – “God is with us.” An Anonymous Early Church Father wrote, “The One whom the world was neither able to contain or worthy to receive, Mary alone was …

Mass Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Advent (2019)

Christmas is an exciting, joyful, and stressful time.  In the midst of our shopping, card writing, cooking, and all that, we need to remember that Christmas is about Jesus Christ.  But who is Christ, what motivates the frantic activity before His birthday each year?  A central part of that motivation …

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 …