December 2018

Guadete Sunday This Sunday used to be called Gaudete Sunday and refers to the message of joy that carries through all of our readings. John pointed to the sort of behavior that prepares the way for God’s coming. Zephaniah proclaims that God is overjoyed to be in our...

2nd Sunday of Advent - Year - C                                                                                                                  Dear friends in Christ, Hope is the grace of Advent. The Liturgy of the Second Sunday of Advent in cycle C brings us a message of hope with the final words of Isaiah in today’s...

First Sunday of Advent   Dear OLPH Family and Friends Advent didn’t begin this year until this weekend.  There will only be two days of Advent in the Fourth Week so we need to make the best of it immediately. Once again we hear that beautiful call to...

33rd Sunday Dear OLPH Family and Friends, There are only two weeks before the beginning of a new Church Year.  Can you believe it?   Once more I encourage you to make time to prayerfully read the featured Gospel for the new liturgical year.  In Year “C” we...

32nd Sunday - B Dear friends in Christ,   In today’s readings we have the beautiful story of Jesus about the poor widow and her two coins and the beautiful story about the poor widow with her small cake offered to the prophet Elijah. In his story, Jesus...

31st Sunday   Dear OLPH Family and friends, It is a challenge to begin this month with the feast of All Saints.  Our role as saints in Christ’s body is not only recognized, the feast reminds us of what we are expected to do to merit and maintain...

30th Sunday - B Dear friends in Christ,   Today’s Gospel tells the story of Bartimaeus a blind man. Hearing that Jesus was passing by the roadside where he sat begging for money, he began crying out loud, “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me!” And when...

29th Sunday of the Year - B   Dear friends in Christ,   One of the consistent themes in Mark’s Gospel is the lack of comprehension of the disciples. Again and again the disciples failed and missed the point. Mark put this remark at the end of his Gospel:...

27th Sunday of the Year   Dear friends in Christ,   The Book of Genesis reports two different stories of creation and both stories tell that from the beginning God creates marriage between a man and a woman: first story (1:26-28) describes marriage as means of procreation; second story...

25th Sunday of the Year - B   Dear friends in Christ,   When Nelson Mandela was a law school student in Johannesburg he had a friend named Paul Mahabane, a liberal member of the African National Committee. One day, they were outside a post office when a white...