Advent Daily Reflections

First Monday of Advent
December 1, 2014

Isaiah 2: 1-5, Matthew 8: 5-11
Carol Gaeke, OP – Director of Personnel

“Lord, my servant is paralyzed.” The centurion’s words often parallel our feelings in the face of the world’s ills. We experience the paralysis of fear and hopelessness in the inability to stop war in Iraq or in the horrendous growth of trafficking of women and children. But Isaiah gives us hope. He says: “stream towards God’s mountain.” Climb that mountain and see as God sees. From the mountaintop a hazy veil is often cast over the vista beyond and one only sees indistinctly the view below. But God sees through that haze to what can be. Isaiah proclaims it loudly: “they shall beat their swords into plowshares.” Weapons of war will become tools of peaceful, living. There shall be no more training for war. Military academics shall become schools of peace. This is what God sees that we cannot.

Advent 1 B - Reflections

From Fr. Tony Kadavil's Collection: 


First Reading: Isaiah 63: 16-17, 19; 64: 2-7
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1: 3-9
Gospel: Mark 13: 33-37 


The common theme of today’s readings is that vigilant service prepares us for the coming of Christ as our savior during Christmas and as our judge and Lord at the end of the world.  The reason why the liturgical year ends and begins with the same theme is clear: if we have already embraced Jesus in his first coming, we will have no fear of his second coming.  Advent is the season of special preparation and expectation for the coming of Christ.  It encourages us to examine our lives, to reflect on our need for God to enter our lives and to prepare earnestly for, and eagerly await the coming of Christ. He will come to us in the celebration of the Incarnation, in His continual coming in our daily living and in His final coming as our Lord to judge us all and to renew the Father’s creation.  Using apocalyptic images, the gospel urges the elect to be alert for the return of Christ because no one except the Father knows the day or the hour of the Lord’s return. Jesus summarizes the complexities of Christian living in two imperatives: "Take heed!" (Be on guard) and "Watch!" (Be alert, stay awake, and don’t grow careless). Our life on earth is to be one of productive service uninfluenced by a supervisor's presence or seeming absence. 

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ADVENT 1 B Homilies

Key to a fulfilling life
Do a little more than
you're paid to do
Give a little more
than you have to;
Try a little harder
than you want to;
Aim a little higher
than you think possible

Art Linkletter

 Jan Gies, 87, dies in the Netherlands

Jan Gies was a member
of the Dutch underground
in World War II. He and his
wife Miep achieved fame
through the diary of
14-year-old Anne Frank.

For 2 years he and his
wife Miep smuggled
food to Anne's family and
other Jews  in hiding.
Someone said of Jan.
He was not a person to
stand in the limelight.
"He was a man of few
words, but many deeds."

Christ the King 2014 - Homilies

1) Who's king in today's world? Size of the car, house, iPhone, number of likes in social media, position, title, pay packet, employees under....?
2) Who's the King of the Kingdom of God? Each one 1 denarius, look after the vineyard, talents to invest and  multiply, come to the wedding feast, beloved son...., shepherd and servant leadership....
3) King who is a judge and our accountability. Reckoning day. We are forgiven by mercy and condemned by judgment. Health, wealth, responsibility, talents, wedding garment, shepherd, vineyard responsibility ......
4) Our baptism, confirmation, Eucharist does not matter at the end of the day, we wonder...? Mt 25 means these are foundations to look after the children of God. These give us the strength, inspiration, direction to do that.  They are not titles, positions or entitlements for salvation...

33 Sunday A - Talents

It's not only what you have got, but it's how we use what we have got - with love- that matters!

We have nothing to do with how much ability we've got, or how little, but with what we do with what we have. The man with great talent is apt to be puffed up, and the man with little (talent) to belittle the little. Poor fools! God gives it, much or little. Our part is to be faithful, doing the level best with every bit and scrap. And we will be if Jesus' spirit controls. 
S.D. Gordon, The Bent-knee Time.

Jack complains to God in prayer about his finances. "It's getting worse, Lord, after all my prayers to you. Give me a break. Let me at least win a lottery." Then he hears a voice from heaven, "Give me a break yourself. Buy at least a lottery ticket!"

32 Sunday A and Dedication of Lateran Basilica

Reflections on Both the Themes. - TK

3 Readings talk about God's presence in three areas: Nature (water & Herb) or creation. This is first temple. Second human persons, second temple. Third: social, civil and ecclesial structures. God first created time, space and context. Then created human beings. Sin and grace take place at a particular, location and context. Paradise had everything for grace and growth. Also the apple tree that caused sin.
During the plague in France, those who sought refuge in the churches were saved. This was because of the candle lights and incense that kept the rats away. context and time and place in God's plan! - TK

Thomas O’Loughlin
Introduction to the Celebration

Sisters and brothers, each week when we assemble for the Eucharist we enter into the presence of the Father, and offer him the sacrifice of praise in union with Christ Jesus. We enter into the presence of Christ, and through him into the presence of the Father. Today we reflect that as the people of the Lord Jesus we are called to be always awake and ready to bring his wisdom to our world and to be his presence among all the people we encounter.