'Mass Theme & Reflection' Tagged Posts

'Mass Theme & Reflection' Tagged Posts

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

The season of Advent is about hope in the midst of despair (we need to remember that repentance for our sins during Penance leads to forgiveness from God). It renews a sense of purpose and commitment in the midst of turmoil (are you giving to the poor during the busy holiday season?). It ultimately reminds us that God’s dream for humanity is growing towards fulfillment (Luke 2:11 “For unto you is born this day a Savior, which is Christ the…

Mass Reflection for the Second Sunday of Advent (2019)

Advent is a time to reflect on God’s profound entry into human history in the incarnation of the Eternal Son, Jesus Christ.  At the first Christmas Christ revealed God to us in a unique and specific way and promised to remain with us to the end of time (Matthew 28:20).  One way Christ remains in our midst is, of course, the Eucharist, His Body and Blood.  He also promised to send us the Holy Spirit, “the Counselor, the Holy Spirit,…

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 the coming of Christ that first Christmas, “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” (Romans 8:22). …

Sunday Mass Reflection for the Feast of Christ the King (November 24th, 2019)

As Christians, we acknowledge Christ as King of the universe.  What is a king?  We live in a culture, thankfully, that values democracy.  The legendary concept of a king is someone who is all-powerful.  Christ certainly fits that description.  The universe came into being through God’s divine Word, the eternal Son (Colossians 1:16, John 1:3 CCC 291).  God created each of us, giving each human being a soul at the moment of our conception. But let’s think more broadly about…

Christ at Mass Theme for November 17th, 2019

In the first reading today, the Prophet Malachi tells of the scorching final act of God’s justice to be cast upon “ the proud and all evildoers”. As Christians, our goal is to avoid membership in this group of punished people. This same idea is echoed in Mary’s Magnificat, “He has shown strength with His arm, he has scattered the proud in the conceit of their hearts.” Applying Spiritual standards of character, pride is a lowly fault. It means a…

Sunday Mass Reflection for November 17th, 2019

In His public ministry, Christ talked a lot about His return and the final judgment.  For example; Luke 17:20 – 37, Luke 21:5 – 19 (today’s gospel), Matthew 24, Mark 13.  The apostles ask when this will happen.  Over the centuries many Christians have asked and tried to answer, that same question.  A Google search will show dozens of predictions of Christ’s return in the past 200 years.  Well, here we are still.  Christians have been looking for the return…