December 2019

4th Sunday of Advent – A19   Dear friends in Christ, Matthew’s gospel is very fitting for Advent. It begins with a promise: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God-with- us.” Fr. Hebert F. Smith, a Scripture commentator...

Dear OLPH Family and Friends, This Sunday is traditionally called “Gaudete” Sunday which in Latin is “Rejoice” Sunday.   It comes from the opening prayer of the Mass.  Many will translate that into the fact that the time of penance and preparation is almost over.   However!   We...

Dear friends in Christ,   Today’s Gospel highlights the kingship of Jesus in the scene of the crucifixion:  his most unusual throne is the cross, his crown is the crown of thorns. Christ is enthroned as King on the cross for he has triumphed over sin and...

Dear OLPH Family and Friends, Only one more week to the end of this Church Year and the Feast of Christ the King!    Only two more weeks to the beginning of the new Church Year with the First Sunday of Advent! Next week after the Sunday...

Dear friends in Christ,   Some people seem to assume that what doesn’t make sense to them doesn’t make sense at all. This is the situation in today’s Gospel passage about the Sadducees who didn’t believe in the resurrection. They came to Jesus quoting Moses’ law that...

Dear OLPH Family and Friends,   Only four more weeks until Advent and the beginning of a new Church Year!  In the new Church Year we will hear from St. Matthew’s Gospel.  As usual, I strongly recommend that you make the time to read the whole of...

30th Sunday - C   Dear friends in Christ, In today’s Gospel Jesus taught how prayer could change people’s life using the story of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector who went up to the Temple area to pray. The Pharisee stood high in front of the altar,...

29th Sunday of the Year - C Dear friends in Christ, The Readings of this weekend tell about the great importance of prayer in our lives: we are to be faithful in prayer because God is faithful in listening to us. Like Moses in the First Reading...

28th Sunday   Dear friends in Christ,   The Scripture Readings today present the beauty of one of the great human virtues, gratitude.  In these readings we’re told of the eleven people who were cured from their leprosy, one in the First Reading by the prophet Elisha, and ten...

27 Sunday C 19 My dear friends in Christ,   In today’s First Reading, prophet Habakkuk prayed to God, crying out, “How long, O Lord? I cry for help but you do not listen! I cry to you ‘Violence!’ But you do not intervene.” And the Lord answered,...