The Feast of the Presentation reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world. We have been given our faith at baptism, but our faith is a living thing and it needs to grow. Like other living things, faith needs food, water, and shelter. The food that our faith needs is the Word of God and Holy Communion. The water that our faith needs is prayer. The shelter that our faith needs is the Church. (This recording ends with a baptism which was done at Mass on February 2nd)
Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. The Temple was the meeting place between God and Man. Today in the person of Jesus, God himself enters His temple. He is also offering the human race to God the Father. His body becomes the new meeting place between God and Man. Later He will purify the temple with a whip made of cords, and then offer the perfect Sacrifice on the cross to cleanse us of our sin and Darkness.
The Grammy awards show us the spiritual darkness growing in our world. The Gospel provides us answers for how to respond. The elderly can see with the eyes of faith. We need them to share with others the Jesus they have seen. Like Mary and Joseph, the young receive the Light of the World and have to be willing to sacrifice to protect the light. Here at Mass God comes to visit His people, and through the Eucharist enters the Temple of your body. He invites us to join Him in offering our lives as a perfect sacrifice of love to the Father.
(2 Feb 2014)
Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the Temple because He was Mary’s first-born Son. At the same time, God is showing His Son to some of God’s friends: Simeon and Anna are people of prayer and they are some of God’s friends. God also uses Simeon to talk to Mary and Joseph about who Jesus will be, and how she will have to suffer. Mary, however, would say that all the suffering was worth it!
St. John the Baptist was sent to preach repentance to everyone who needed to repent. This included King Herod, even though preaching to the king ended his career. When Jesus was preaching, His message was quite personal. Jesus did not stop with stereotypes, but He saw each person. When we look at a crowd of people, we see a crowd, but God sees each and every person. God sees each person, God knows each person, and God calls each person to be part of His work.
Ordinary Time, 3rd Sunday. The darkness of winter can make us SAD. But the darkness of human existence can leave us wandering in endless circles, going nowhere. Christ is the Light, and a living encounter with His Love is the source of our faith. Our life is meant to be a path towards God and Faith illuminates that path.
We need to invite the Light of Christ to penetrate the darkness of our hearts. How do we become holy? Great saints have encouraged us to turn to Mary for help. Please consider joining us for the Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary this Lent. Mary will help every Christian start glowing with the Light of Christ.
One thing that keeps me going during the winter is the fact that every day is one day closer to summer. Yes, we have a long way to go, but we will get there. In the same way, every day is one step closer to eternity. We still have many trials to endure, but if we follow the Light of Faith, it will guide us to the promised land and the One who loves us.
(26 Jan 2014)
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The Sacred Heart shows us how Jesus’ heart burns with love for us. When we are baptized, our hearts are lit with the light of faith. When we pray, and go to church, and do good things, the flame of faith in our hearts grows bigger. When we don’t pray, and don’t go to church, the faith in our hearts gets smaller. We need to keep our faith burning brightly and light others with the light of faith.
Ordinary Time, 2nd Sunday. Not everything you hear is true. Every good religion is a search for truth. We are looking for answers to questions that are too big for science, like:
- What happens after you die?
- Does my life have a meaning and a purpose purpose?
- Who do we for babies and sunsets?
In today’s Gospel, John the Baptist is thrilled to discover that the truth isn’t just a list of facts, but a person: Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. He has seen God face to face, and can report that God is a great guy. Now he testifies to what he has seen. John the Baptist challenges us to See the truth and to Testify to the truth.
What do we do with neighbors who don’t know the truth: Moslems, Pastafarians, even Satanists? The Christians of Corinth give us an example. We shouldn’t tolerate other religions because tolerance doesn’t go far enough. We must love our neighbors enough to treat them with dignity and respect, and share the truth with love. The Corinthians shared first with their example, and then with their conversation. The Holy Spirit will help us become repeaters of the Truth, so that all people can come to meet Him face to face.
(19 Jan 2014)
The moment when Jesus was baptized in the Jordan river (Matthew 4:13-17) reveals to us that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, who is exactly like His Father in all things. Jesus is not the son of a violent or fighting god, but the Son of a gentle and peaceful God. In our baptism, we have been adopted as sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father. As Jesus reveals Himself during His ministry, He also challenges us to become more like Him in our thoughts, in our words, and in our actions.
Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Jesus reveals that we are all the children of God. God works through human parents to create each human life. He is the giver of all life and the Lord of all life. We have to accept each human life as a gift, including our own.
But God has even more to give us — He wants to share His Divine Life with us. It happens every time we make a sacrifice of love. God’s life flows through self-giving love. We see God’s love transform the life of Chiara “Luce” Badano. She shows us what is possible when we accept the love of God.
We are told over and over enough that we are not enough: not good enough, not beautiful enough, not successful enough, not happy enough. But these are the voices of the world. Listen to the voice of God — Pray daily, read Scripture, come to Mass, and this is what you will hear: “I love you… isn’t that enough?”
(12 Jan 2013)
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- Maria on +409+ Should Christians be Tolerant of other Religions? (2nd Sunday)
- remaining anonymous on Son of a gentle God (Baptism of the Lord)
- Fr. Benjamin Sember on Mary helps us take our first faith steps (Advent 2)
- Jack on Mary helps us take our first faith steps (Advent 2)
- Fr. Benjamin Sember on Father and mother should be united (Holy Family)
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