Mass and Confession Schedule
7:30am⎪9am (ASL Interpreted)⎪10:30am⎪ 10:30am gym⎪12:30pm⎪5:30pm Filipino Mass every 4th Sunday 4pm
6:30am(Except Federal Holidays) ⎪8am⎪11am⎪5:30pm
8am⎪11am⎪5:30pm (Fullfills Sunday Obligation)
Holy Days of Obligation
Eve Before the Feast - 5:30pm
Feast Day - 6:30am⎪8am⎪11am⎪5:30pm
Sacrament Of Reconciliation (Confession)
Friday and Saturday after 11am Mass (if no funeral)
Saturday: 4- 5pm & after 5:30pm Mass
OR anytime by appointment
December 1, 2013
In our first reading from the Prophet Isaiah, Isaiah has had a vision while in prayer and he saw the great crowds ascending the hill to the Temple. He saw and heard the great spectacle of “what will come to pass”: the gathering of all the nations to the place where the Lord will show Himself at His coming. The Lord is in the ideal temple on high, on a mountain that no one can climb, and which is not of this world. This coming is not conditioned by the vagaries of history: it is the fulfillment of the plan of God. This coming is for everyone of every time and place. The one who “will come in the future,” is the manifestation of the universal rule of the Lord, an era of peace, “they shall beat their swords into plowshares.”
St. Paul speaks of salvation in his letter to the Romans. Salvation is the goal we approach from the moment of our conversion and baptism. We find ourselves beginning to wake from the dark night of sin, as little by little the dawn presents itself to light our glorious morning. We are moving toward a day so bright that the obscurity of night is already dispelled. Our present time is characterized by an illumination that gets gradually brighter as life goes on. We find ourselves in a struggle between light and darkness and although difficult we must remain on guard and not fall asleep. Our struggle should not be merely the struggle to become a morally perfect person, but rather a struggle to let the light of Christ shine through our being. Through baptism we “put on Christ,” and it is Jesus who gives us the grace to live lives of holiness proclaiming His love, mercy and peace in to those around us.
In our gospel passage from Matthew, Jesus tells the disciples the Lord will come when least expected. How hard it was for his disciples to hear these words. Like us, they wanted to know the specific day and time. We never like to wait for anything—we always want to know right here and now. The day of the Lord will come without warning like the flood at Noah’s time or like a “thief in the night.” We should not live in fear or dreading of the Lord’s return. Jesus says, “Therefore stay awake!” He calls us to live our lives as He has taught us by loving God and our neighbor and not be distracted by the temptations of our world. In this way, we will be ready at all times when He does come. As each day passes we are closer to the coming of the Lord. It will be a triumph of light over darkness, an end to the daily battle we all wage.
May God bless all of you,