God’s Herald of Good News

2nd Sunday of Advent (A)

This Sunday we are introduced to St. John the Baptist, the voice crying out in the wilderness to “repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” and to “prepare the way of the Lord.” People respond to his call by coming to him for baptism in the Jordan, acknowledging their sins.

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Advent: A Time to Wait

First Sunday of Advent (A)

College students often talk about post-college life as the “real world.” This isn’t because life in college is not real, but we know it is temporary. We should be spending out time in college, therefore, in ways that help to prepare us to enter that “real world” that lies beyond.

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The Kingship of Christ

The Solemnity of Christ the King (C)

What is it about the idea of a good, benevolent king that we find so attractive? Why are stories about King Arthur or King Aragorn so popular, even in America where we have rejected monarchical rule? As we end the liturgical year, the last Sunday of Ordinary Time is celebrated as the Solemnity of Christ the King. Jesus, our Universal High King, shows us in his person the true model of fatherly kingship.

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The Fires of Heaven

33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time (C)

Which is hotter, heaven or hell? We might say hell is hotter, as we think of hell most often in terms of fire and brimstone. Indeed, our first reading for Mass this Sunday speaks of hell as a fiery oven. But is also speaks of heaven as the rising sun of justice. So which is hotter, an oven or the sun? Maybe we need to rethink our conception of heaven and hell…

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