Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: December 17, 2017

Advent 3This is the Third Sunday of Advent. On this “Gaudete” (Rejoice) Sunday, our scriptures show us that we have great cause for joy. God enters our world in so many ways! Like John the Baptizer, we are called to testify to the light. We are a people anointed by God and called by our baptism to bring joy to the poor, healing to the broken hearted, freedom to prisoners, justice for the oppressed, a year of debt relief to everyone - and more. May our Advent preparations help make God’s presence ever brighter in the darkest corners of our world.

“No applause welcomes him. No crowds surround him. Instead, our hope rests in simplicity.”

In the midst of everyday busy-ness and holiday preparations,

how will you find joy in the simplest tasks?

The Sunday Readings:

  • Is 61: 1-2. 10-11. I bring news of great joy. We have been given so much… and all these gifts we have been given are to be shared.
  • 1 Thess 5: 16-24. Rejoice, don't stifle the Spirit! Test everything – hold on to what’s good, and give thanks in all circumstances.
  • Jn 1: 6-8: 19-28. One you don't know is standing in your midst. We, too, are transformed through baptism to be the body of Christ for the world.

Of Note:

  • We will celebrate the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe with Spanish Mass at 5:30 AM on Tuesday, December 12, 2017.
  • Wondering about “Maranatha?” This Aramaic phrase (the language Jesus and the first disciples spoke) can be translated as “Come, O Lord,” or as “the Lord is coming.” Found in our early Christian scriptures, it is a perfect prayer during Advent when we reflect on the many ways Jesus comes to us.
  • Epiphany Family Christmas Eve Mass at 5:00 PM: Rehearsals have begun for our children’s choir, bell choir and family orchestra. You can still sign up to participate in the drama, which only has one (mandatory) rehearsal on Saturday, December 23, 2017, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM. Call Linda in the office for more information.
  • Remaining Advent Opportunities for Reconciliation:
    • Regional Communal Reconciliation at St. Aloysius, Wednesday December 13, 2017 7:00 PM.
    • Communal Celebration on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 2:00 PM in the Worship Center.
    • Individual Reconciliation on Saturday, December 22, 2017 at 4:00 PM in the Chapel.
  • Advent Daily Prayer Opportunities:
    • Rosary Prayer on Mondays at 5:00 PM in the Chapel.
    • Weekday Mass Tuesday through Friday at 8:30 AM in the Worship Center.
    • Centering Prayer on Tuesdays (Section J) and Fridays (Library) at 9:15 AM.
    • Eucharistic Adoration on Fridays 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM, in the Chapel.
    • A special invitation: Come join our Latino brothers and sisters for Las Posadas, December 16 through 22, 2017 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Community Center. Each evening reenacts Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem and their search for a place to stay. Your presence would be welcomed and appreciated!
    • Make some time for reflection during Advent. Use the booklets provided, or check out the daily reflections from the Center for Action and Contemplation. Sign-up HERE to receive Fr. Richard Rohr’s free messages in your email Inbox every day or at the end of each week.
  • PLEASE NOTE: NO 11:30 AM Mass on December 24, 2017!
  • Christmas Season Schedule: Join us!
    • Christmas Eve Family Mass: Sunday, December 24, 2017 at 5:00 PM
    • Christmas Eve Night: Sunday, December 24, 2017 at 11:00 PM (prelude at 10:30 PM)
    • Christmas Day: Monday, December 25, 2017 at 10:00 AM (The only Mass today.)
    • New Year’s Day - Monday, 10:00 AM Feast of Mary the Mother of God & World Day of Prayer for Peace
    • Feast of Epiphany: Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 5:30 PM and Sunday, January 7, 2018 at  9:00 AM and 11:30 AM. Our Feast Day! Remember to wear red.