4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
In the Old Testament God promised to Abraham a kingdom and a people. Last week Jesus began to fulfill that promise of a kingdom by beginning the calling of his 12 Apostles. These 12 would eventually form the Church - the new kingdom of God that will last into eternity. This week, Jesus describes the attributes of those who belong to this kingdom, what kingdom citizens look like: they look like the 8 beatitudes. How can I become more a kingdom citizen this week? And how can I help others to become more of a kingdom citizen this week?
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
God loves bringing light into the darkness, and especially light out of the darkness. Zebulun and Naphtali were the northern regions of Israel that were taken over by the Assyrians, and the people of God there lived under oppression for hundreds of years. It is precisely to this region that Jesus goes in our Gospel, announcing the kingdom of heaven and coming as light into the darkness. What is an area of your life that is a place of gloom, worry, anxiety, hopelessness, darkness? God has always been bringing light out of darkness, and maybe that's exactly what He wants to do for you!
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
"Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will."
Today the three wise men follow a star to the Savior of the world. Many people saw the star. The devout religious in Jerusalem knew the Christ was to be born in Bethlehem. Yet, it is only the three wise men who actually follow God's sign. Matthew Kelly says that "Wisdom is truth lived." And of all the people in our Gospel story, it is only the three magi that can be called wise. What are the signs God is placing in your life? When you see a star, do you follow it? "Wisdom is truth lived."
Solemnity of Mary Mother of God
Most Christian denominations hold onto what I will call a "Me & Jesus" view of heaven - that in heaven we are totally caught up in God and we are no longer involved with others on earth. As Catholics, however, we believe that we are still united with all those men and women of faith who have gone before us and are in heaven with God - it's always "Us & Jesus". So we can ask them to pray for us to God (just as we ask friends on earth to pray for us). On this celebration of the motherhood of Mary, let us ask for the prayers of our Mother in a special way!