The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

12-30-2018Weekly Reflection©2018 Liturgical Publications, Inc.

"After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions, and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers." As we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family, this Gospel exposes us to a strange tension. While this family is one we can look to for an example, they are not quite the same family unit as everyone else. There is an otherness to Jesus, something profound. And yet, perhaps on second thought, are our families so different? When Mary and Joseph encountered Jesus in the temple, "they were astonished."

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YOU ARE CHRISTMAS!

12-24-2018Pastor's LetterFr. Carlos A. Gomez-Rivera

Navidad eres tu cuando decides nacer cada día y decides dejar entrar a Dios en tu alma.

El pino de navidad eres tú, cuando decides resistir a los vientos de la vida, te mantienes firmes y no te dejas caer.

Las campanas de navidad eres tú, cuando llamas, congregas y buscar reunir a todos.

Tú eres la luz de navidad, cuando decides iluminar con tu vida la vida de los demás, con la bondad, la paciencia, la generosidad, y la alegría.

Los ángeles de Navidad eres tú, cuando anuncias y cantas al mundo un mensaje de paz, de justicia, de alegría.

La estrella de navidad eres tú, cuando conduces a alguien al encuentro del Señor.

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Fourth Sunday of Advent

12-23-2018Weekly Reflection©2018 Liturgical Publications, Inc.

Here we are, mere days from Christmas, and we hear a Gospel anticipating the birth of another child. Mary has received word that her cousin Elizabeth is with child. Pregnant as she is, Mary "set out and traveled to the hill country in haste." She has recently received the greatest news of her life - that she is to be mother to the Messiah by the power of the Holy Spirit - but her concern is for her cousin in need. Through God's grace, Elizabeth turns it into an opportunity to honor the coming Christ. "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb." Yet Mary's example of selflessness should inspire us.

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Third Sunday of Advent

12-16-2018Weekly Reflection©2018 Liturgical Publications, Inc.

In Christianity, we hear often about the "Good News." We might often associate it with Jesus' compassion to the poor, his healings and miracles, and the salvation he won for us. In today's Gospel, we read of John the Baptist. "Exhorting them in many other ways, he preached good news to the people." Yet as we examine the rest of the reading, we see examples of John's preaching. If you have two cloaks, give one away. Don't cheat others out of their money, extort, or lie. And, of course, the warning that the Messiah is on the move and "his winnowing fan is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire." Merry Christmas?

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Second Sunday of Advent

12-09-2018Weekly Reflection©2018 Liturgical Publications, Inc.

"In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar...and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee...and Lysanias was tetrach of..." Did you need to pinch yourself awake during the first few lines of this Sunday's Gospel? John the Baptist received quite a prelude today as Luke described the religious and political leadership of the time period. Scripture is divinely inspired, and we believe that everything that made it into the Bible is there for a reason. These lines remind us of an important truth. The Christmas story isn't a fairy tale or nursery rhyme. It's not a parable we say to give meaning to the holiday. At Christmas, God's presence is made tangible in a precise moment in time. The birth of Christ is a historical event. As precursor to Jesus' preaching, the ministry of John the Baptist is also a historical event.

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