Bulletin: February 12, 2017

  Bulletin: February 12, 2017 Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Our readings today draw us into deep matters of the heart. First, Sirach teaches that although we experience many things beyond our control, we face essential choices in life. These choices have profound consequences, for good or for evil. God does not coerce our choices,…

Bulletin: February 5, 2017

  Bulletin: February 5, 2017 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time When Jesus presents the images of salt and light in today’s Gospel from Matthew, he is describing some of the primary characteristics for his community of followers. As salt adds flavor to food, so Christians are to bring hope and meaning to their world. As…

Bulletin: January 29, 2017

  Bulletin: January 29, 2017 Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time In our Gospel reading from Matthew, we hear the Beatitudes, the stirring opening to the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus is proclaiming the coming of the kingdom of God, and begins by considering what kind of people will enter and participate in this kingdom. They are…

Bulletin: January 22, 2017

  Bulletin: January 22, 2017 Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Our readings today speak of the arrival of a great light in the midst of darkness. The Gospel passage from Matthew, quoting from Isaiah, identifies this light as the person of Jesus. God’s new day is dawning as Jesus begins his ministry of teaching, preaching, and…

Bulletin: January 15, 2017

  Bulletin: January 15, 2017 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time As we enter Ordinary Time, following the Christmas season, our readings suggest that something extraordinary is going on. In the passage from Isaiah, during the time of their exile the people of Israel are terribly confused and lost, and they long desperately for the healing and…

Bulletin: January 1, 2017

  Bulletin: January 1, 2017 Today’s readings include another account of the story of Jesus’ birth. Numbers reminds us that we are blessed. We are looked upon with kindness and grace. The psalm and Galatians remind us of the blessings given through God’s Son. Luke tells of our ultimate blessing, that Mary, a human being like…

Bulletin: December 18, 2016

  Bulletin: December 18, 2016 Fourth Sunday of Advent “This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.” So begins Matthew’s narration of of Mary and Joseph’s first adventure as husband and wife. The early Christians who were his audience must have been eager to hear the story of Jesus’ early years, and wondered if…

Bulletin: December 4, 2016

  Bulletin: December 4, 2016 Second Sunday of Advent Don’t we all, when asked what we want for Christmas, at some time or another answer, “World peace?” As we look at our world, we still see the ongoing refugee crisis and the problem of desperate people immigrating to our country illegally. We see the ongoing war…

Bulletin: November 27, 2016

  Bulletin: November 27, 2016 First Sunday of Advent Here we are again, beginning a new church year, and looking ahead to Christmas. We have been through a long period of Ordinary Time, with several secular holidays: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving. We celebrated all of these, and now it is time to…