Archives for December 2010

From the Pastor – December 26, 2010

They shall be called the holy people, the redeemed of the LORD, and you shall be called “Frequented,” a city that is not forsaken. (Is. 62:11-1) As we celebrate both Christmas and the Feast of the Holy Family this weekend, it is good to reflect upon our family lives, and to examine whether we're being good family members. When we contemplate the Holy Family, we note the fact that when the God became man, He came as a little child within a family. That was a divine choice; Jesus could have chosen any way he wanted to manifest Himself. God's plan for redeeming the human race began in the family because the family is the cornerstone of society. In today's modern world there are many unmarried people living together and many children born outside of wedlock. And this weakens our society. … [Read more...]

From the Pastor – November 21, 2010

The rulers sneered at Jesus and said, “He saved others, let him save himself if he is the chosen one, the Christ of God.” Even the soldiers jeered at him.  As they approached to offer him wine they called out, “If you are King of the Jews, save yourself.” Above him there was an inscription that read, “This is the King of the Jews.” (Lk 23:35-38) How many times have we gazed at a crucifix and seen that inscription: “I.N.R.I.” We know it means something about Jesus being “King of the Jews,” even if we don't remember that it comes from the first letters of the Latin inscription meaning “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews: Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudaeorum. The key is understanding what's behind that inscription. Is it just a “mocking” inscription provided by Pontius Pilate? Was it … [Read more...]

From the Pastor – December 19, 2010

Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel. (Is. 7:14) She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (Mt. 1:21) In William Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet, the two lovers have a dialogue about their own names. It begins with Romeo hearing Juliet call his name: “O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?” Later in the dialogue, Romeo responds: “It is my soul that calls upon my name: How silver-sweet sound lovers' tongues by night, Like softest music to attending ears!” This quote has been paraphrased to something like: “there's nothing so sweet as the sound of one's own name.” And even if we don't read Shakespeare or understand poetry, we can … [Read more...]

From the Pastor – December 12, 2010

Be strong, fear not! Here is your God, he comes with vindication; with divine recompense he comes to save you. Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared; then will the lame leap like a stag, then the tongue of the mute will sing. (Is. 35:4b-6) The coming of the Messiah was something eagerly anticipated by the Jewish people. His coming was to be a time of great rejoicing (Gaudete!) It represented the intervention of God into the affairs of men. No longer would they be hungry or thirsty or oppressed or crippled. They would be delivered from the difficulties of this life and live in a new reality without fear. God would be with them, according to the promises of His Covenant. However, the appearance of the Messiah was disputed. Would he be a great king, … [Read more...]

From the Pastor – December 5, 2010

John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” It was of him that the prophet Isaiah had spoken when he said: A voice of one crying out in the desert, Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. (Mt 3:1-3) The Christmas Season can often be a time of anxiety for us. There's so much to do, so much to prepare. We have cards to write, homes to decorate, presents to buy, parties to attend, year-end reports to finish, etc. etc. etc. And when it's all over, we let out a big sigh and enjoy ourselves. Then we clean up. And then we prepare for the next holiday, whether it's New Year's, Mardi Gras, or perhaps a Superbowl party”¦ Sometimes it seems like it never ends. Surely, we know that we're called to prepare … [Read more...]