Embarking on Our Lenten Journey
Saturday, 08 March 2014 06:54
As March begins, we take time to notice that the days are gradually getting longer, with God’s warm sun shining for a few minutes more each day. Yes, all the snow that has fallen this year will melt and we will soon be planting our gardens and mowing our lawns.
Sacred Season ~ We live in a part of the world where the lengthening of days gives us hope that Spring and Summer will return. It was so in Northern Europe where the sacred season of Quaresima (literally: forty days) became known as Lent (the lengthening of days).
“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!
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