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 8, 2013
In our first reading from the Prophet Isaiah, God’s people are in great difficulty because King Ahaz has brought the country to the brink of ruin. It is a scandal and a time for faith. All is not lost and the prophet proclaims words of hope, “a shoot shall sprout . . . a bud shall blossom.” From seemingly dead stock God will bring out a shoot, a prince, who will prove himself an ideal king. The promise of the Messiah of Peace is given.
In St. Paul’s letter to the Romans, he reminds us that our instruction comes from the Scriptures that we might have hope. God has remembered and fulfilled His promise by sending Jesus to be our Messiah and Redeemer. We are called to follow the example of Christ by serving one another and praising God. He reminds us to welcome each other as Christ welcomes us. In doing this, we search out the face of Christ in each other and serve Him in each other and obey the great commandment to love one another.
In today’s gospel passage from Matthew, we hear John the Baptist preaching the message of repentance. We find John wearing camel’s hair and eating locusts like the Prophet Elijah—remembering that Elijah was to come at the time of the Messiah. John the Baptist is revealed as the true Precursor— he is not the Messiah. He has been sent to baptize with water but the Messiah will baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire. He admits, “the one who is coming after me is mightier than I.” John is a model of precursors because of the manner in which he shows himself receptive to all who, with a sincere heart, acknowledge theirs sins, that they may receive the mercy and grace of God. We listen to John’s message and examine our own hearts to see if we are truly living and loving as Jesus call us to everyday. In realizing our own sinfulness, we come to Jesus asking forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It is the Lord who forgives our sins and heals us with His grace.
May God bless all of you,