“R e p e n t ! The Kingdom of Heaven is Near !”
Thursday, 05 December 2013 06:04
This is the call of John the Baptist preparing us for the fulfillment of God’s promise - Emmanuel, God with us! But, this is the season of joyfilled expectation, so why do we hear the call to repentance?
Perhaps we misunderstand the word itself. Repentance sounds and looks like penance, but it is not something that we do, rather it is a change of mind and heart, a gift of God.
J o y f u l E x p e c t a t i o n
Friday, 29 November 2013 01:37
While our society will celebrate the beginning of a new year on January 1st, we the Church celebrate our new year today, the First Sunday of Advent. In this new year we will proclaim, study and be inspired by the Gospel according to St. Matthew. Of the four Evangelists, Matthew is the most Jewish, as he addresses an exclusively Jewish assembly. His Gospel is full of Hebrew.
Testament imagery. Firmly planted in Hebrew culture, Matthew begins his Gospel with the Genealogy of Jesus beginning with our Father Abraham to King David and up to the birth of Jesus. The forty two unpronounceable names are taken mostly from tradition, and show a continuity in God’s design from calling Abraham to be a Father of a great nation to the giving of God’s own Son as the incarnate God and redeemer of the human race. Together with St. Luke, Matthew gives us a beautiful vision of the mystery of the Incarnation: Emmanuel, God with us!
Feast of Christ The King
Thursday, 21 November 2013 06:25
The concept of the Kingship of Christ is as old as the Church herself. The Feast of Christ The King is a relatively new addition to the Church’s liturgical calendar. In the late nineteenth century, Garibaldi led the movement to unify Italy which was composed of nineteen major republics and kingdoms and many more minor principalities. The Papal States occupied most of central Italy and the monarch was the Pope. In a “velvet” revolution, Garibaldi and his forces seized the Papal States and reduced the kingdom of the Pope to the few acres now called Vatican City. The Pope was not happy and declared himself to be the “prisoner of the Vatican”. In the often ironic twists of history, this injury to the Church became her salvation: no longer recognized as a civil power, the Church now focused on her spiritual mission. It is indeed ironic and symbolic that the Feast of Christ The King was declared and inserted into our calendar when the Pope had lost most of his earthly authority and was no longer considered the king of central Italy.
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