Ordinary 5 – Have you worked hard all night and caught nothing? Stop washing your nets and spend a little time in silence. Maybe God is calling you to put out a little from shore, to cast into the deep, or to stay put just where you are.
Ordinary 4 – Today our guest homilist, Bishop Ricken, kicks off the annual Bishop’s Appeal. If we really lived what it means to be a “Catholic”, that second reading would apply to us. How is God calling YOU to be a missionary of hope?
Ordinary 3 – We are given a holy place and a holy time so that we might become God’s holy people. Every part of the Body of Christ matters. Parts that live for themselves become a cancer and must be cut out. Each part contributes to the good of all.
Ordinary 2 – We say goodbye to St. Joseph Church, a place where God has met and blessed you. Your builder is working on you every day turning your daily ‘water’ into ‘wine’. When will this finally happen? On the third day.
Baptism of the Lord – Baptism greets us at the door and washes away our false identities. It leads to the altar of praise, then sends us out to remind others who they are. God never forgot Jayme Closs or Elizabeth Smart. He has not forgotten you.
Holy Family — When the angel comes looking for us, are we going to be too proud, selfish, or busy to serve the Holy Family? Or will we be humble, hard-working, and generous? Let Jesus be the King of your heart; let him be the Lord of your family.
Christmas – We left the Garden of Eden and wandered in the cold and darkness, until the cave of Bethlehem brought us back to God’s love. Welcome the Christ child into your hearts and homes. Let light and love fill you and transform you.
Advent 4 – What does the birth of Jesus mean? There are three more feasts to explain the true meaning of Christmas: He is our Sacrifice (January 1). He is the true King of the World (January 6). He is the true God (February 2nd). Keep celebrating!
Advent 2 – God hides extraordinary grace, joy, and blessings in everyday life. It was only when St. Anthony had accepted being an ordinary monk that he started to truly live an extraordinary life for God. Embrace the ordinary, and look what happens.
Immaculate Conception – On our way to celebrate Jesus’ birth, we pause to celebrate Mary’s conception. Why?!? God had such a great gift that no one was pure enough to receive it. God helped Mary be ready. Advent is when God helps us get ready.