Student and faculty reflections on the readings & Gospels.
4th Sunday of Advent, December24, 2017
Joe Menke ’18
First reading- 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8B-12, 14A, 16
In the reading of 2 Samuel chapter 7, the Lord talks about how he’s been there for David even when it doesn’t seem like it. This passage makes feel accepted by the love of the Lord. I look to this passage as an inspiration for helping others and wanting to be a good leader. I want to help others as the Lord wants to help David. I know if I follow through with my calling, the Lord will endure me forever just like David and I shall stand forever by God’s side.
Luke O’Donnell ’18
Gospel- Luke 1:26-38
The angel Gabriel was sent down to guide Mary and give her a message that would change her life entirely. I believe we are guided in the same way Mary was because we are always watched and supported by our own guardian angels and our passed relatives. Usually when we receive good news, we become shocked because we can’t fully understand why we were blessed with that news at such an unexpected time. The same type of situation happened to Mary when she received the message that she was going to bear a child of God. By listening, following, and responding to the message delivered to her by Gabriel, Mary was demonstrating the framework of spirituality. Mary chose to say yes to God’s plan. Mary was selfless to respond to God’s plan because she could have walked away from all of it. Mary sets an inspiring example to us in this Gospel because she went along with God’s plans and she displayed herself as a true servant of the Lord. As Christians, we should all follow in Mary’s example by saying yes to God’s plan because we will eventually find our true selves. God makes it possible to have a genuine and loving relationship with him and he always embraces us with open arms. We must participate fully in God’s life in order to fulfill his plan and set ourselves on a spiritual journey of a lifetime.
Christmas Vigil Mass
Ryan Palmblad ’18
First Reading- Isaiah 62: 1-5
The reading explains that people shall never stop proclaiming the Word of God. Everyone shall pass down the Word of God and teach others what it means to be a Christian. Those people who do so, will be rewarded for their actions. Acting, participating, and teaching are all ways to be a loyal and devout christian. They will never be forgotten by God and will be rewarded by resurrecting to Heaven, the city that is not forsaken.
Tom Phelan ’18
Gospel- Matt 1:18-25
At times, we may doubt our faith; we may not agree with what God’s plan has in store for us. It can be difficult to deal with, but God allows us to experience these things for a reason that we will later understand. We are all like Joseph: we have been faced with decisions that leave us to fight or take flight. Joseph doubted God, and he doubted Mary’s loyalty. He later learned from the angel of the Lord that God had this in store for their family. If we give God the chance to guide our paths, we will be rewarded with a greater love and understanding of Him and of our faith. It is okay to doubt, because without doubt, this renewal would not be so great.
Christmas Mass at Night
Anthony Raphael-McElroy ’18
First Reading- Isaiah 9: 1-6
My reflection on this is that there are bad people in the world, but with us good people it makes the world better. We bring greatness to their lives and turn their lives around from evil to kind. When we have things we split and share them with the bad people to make their lives better and happier. Us good people rid the evil core of bad people to make everyone get along. To make sure the world is at peace Jesus is born. He will judge and serve justice to punish the bad and make them learn from their mistakes. Jesus will be with us and help us forever.
Patrick Reidy ’18
Gospel- Luke 2: 1-14
The Gospel during Christmas night is the story of the birth of Jesus. This story means a lot to me because Mary and Joseph were rejected inn after inn until they found a stable where they could give birth to our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus being born in a stable shows me it is not about where you were born but it is about who you become. The story of Christ’s birth has a special place in my heart because every year my family hears this story and we all come together.
Christmas Mass at Dawn
Brett Selke ’18
1st Reading- Isaiah 62:11-12
Reflection: God proclaims that all those who believe in him and trust him in such dark times will be rewarded graciously. Those of us who trust God and maintain our faith will have great things happen to us later in life. It is also never too late, although your relationship may struggle with God God has never severed the relationship between us, he is always open to forgiveness and friendship.
Luke Swiatek ’18
Gospel – Luke 2:15-20
This Gospel reading has a pretty straight forward meaning to me. Basically, what happened is that angels told the shepherds that Mary was giving birth to Jesus, so they traveled to Bethlehem where he was being born. Once they got there they saw the amazing thing that had just taken place, so they went out to spread the message and proclaim the good news to everyone. Everyone was amazing by the good news, so the shepherds returned to Mary to glorify and praise God for everything they had seen and heard.
This reading is a good example of people coming together through their faith in God. The angels brought the shepherds together so that they cause witness the birth of Jesus and spread the good news. God wants to bring people together so they can love one another and carry out what he has planned for us. The shepherds did a good job of proclaiming the good news and bringing so many people together. This is what God wants for us, and the perfect example of this is in this reading.
Christmas Mass During the Day
Jacob Marquez ’18
First Reading- Isaiah 52: 7-10
When I hear the words “Your God is King” many things come to mind. The first word “Your” signifies that this a personal relationship, not just God but my God, my king, and ultimately my salvation. The next part of the words, “God is King”, places God in a position of authority and thus should be respected. The line “Break out together in song” tells me that we should rejoice for God’s arrival not alone but rather together. A good example of this is how we celebrate Christmas; I don’t spend Christmas alone in my bedroom, Christmas is a time for the family to get together and be happy.
“The Lord comforts his people.” By sending his only son in the form of man, God reassures us that he loves us. God also reassesses us with life after death by providing us with salvation. Our salvation is key to why the Lord sent baby Jesus. I find it ironic that our king was a baby, but I understand that it was necessary for Jesus to be fully human while also remaining fully divine. To me, the overall meaning of this reading is that we should rejoice and celebrate for God will send us salvation.
Gospel- John 1: 1-18
The gospel during the day makes me think of the coming of Christ himself, as it begins to talk about the beginning of creation. This makes me think of a baby opening his eyes for the first time and seeing all that the world has to offer. Not only does it make me think back to the birth of Jesus, but it makes me think of my own birth. Even though nobody remembers their own birth, we all are still awestricken when the miracle happens. The odds of being born are higher than any other odds in the world that a single person can experience realistically. The fact that we were all put here on earth for a reason is very prevalent within these odds, and Christmas Day reminds me of this wondrous event.
3rd Sunday of Advent, December 17, 2017
Joshua Boulanger ’18
First Reading- Isaiah 61:1-2A, 10 -11
I do everything through God and his spirit guides me to be my best self. God guides me to be the best I can be in every situation whether it is good or bad. It fulfils me to bring happiness to other people and free their souls from darkness and captivity. I’m very blessed because I live in a household where i’m clothed, fed, and all my needs are exceeded. God has put me in a situation to help others who are in a much worse place than I am in this world. Helping others is not just a service for God but doing a service for myself and my morality. There are many injustices in the world and as one person I cannot stop them all, but with faith in God I have to trust he will take care of all of whom are evil.
Nick Bowes ’18
Gospel- John 1:6-8, 19-28
The gospel for the Third Sunday of Advent tells of how God sent John the Baptist to be a testimony to God’s light, God’s goodness He has to offer to mankind. “He was not the light, but came to testify to the light.” To me, this meant that John, who is no different than any person today, was able to speak on behalf of the Lord, which seems like quite the fantastic feat. This just showed me that God’s love and message of peace can be transferred through any person, not just some brilliant and god-like human being. Therefore, we are all called by God to live out His message, by loving one another and caring for the Earth and our neighbors. “”I am the voice of one crying out in the desert, ‘make straight the way of the Lord.'” To me, John is saying that he speaks for all of the believers and those who live out God’s message, so that they may also have a voice. Though this gospel reading is short, it is very telling in that we all should live out the message God gave us through Jesus, so that we can one day live alongside Him in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Monday, 3rd Week of Advent
Mack Chada ’18
First reading- Jeremiah 23: 5-8
This reading is about the message delivered about jesus’ coming. Ahaz was told test the Lord and he said i will not tempt God. for this God said he’d send a sign to the people and the sign is a child named Emanuel later to be named Jesus. This reading displays the fact that if you are patient for God he will do good things for you. Do not test God was the point of this passage.
Jack Donovan ’18
Gospel- Matthew 1: 18-25
In the Gospel reading, It talks about when the angel Gabriel came to Joseph. He tells Joseph to stay married to Mary, and that she is a virgin. I find it amazing the Joseph had the faith to stay with Mary and help raise Jesus. It was unheard of to have a child and still be a virgin. I seek the faith and trust Joseph had in the Lord in my everyday life.
Tuesday, 3rd Week of Advent
Cole Geinosky ’18
Gospel- Luke 1:5-25
In this Gospel reading from Luke, he describes the conception of John the Baptist from Elizabeth and Zechariah. The two had no children, and were already in their old age. Nonetheless, one day, the angel Gabriel appeared to Zechariah and announced the conception of their son, who would be named John and described him as a prophet. Zechariah was left speechless, and his congregation knew he had seen a vision.
John, who was Jesus’ older cousin, was the one who baptized Jesus in the Jordan. In many ways, this was the beginning of Jesus’ public work. John even acknowledged Jesus’ significance, telling Him that he is not righteous enough to baptize the Lord (Matthew 3:14), and later saying “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). John was thus an important figure in the life of Jesus. His conception, which is similar to the conception of Isaac and other prophets, shows John’s importance as the last prophet before the Savior.
Wednesday, 3rd Week of Advent
Richard Godsel ’18
First Reading- Isaiah 7: 10-14
God is always showing love to his people, but many of us are either too blind to notice it or too arrogant to accept it. When God offers Ahaz a sign, he refuses. What Ahaz and many others do not realize is that God is always willing to offer us his guidance and love when we truly need it. Ahaz feels it is not right to tempt the Lord, but as faithful Christians, we know that God is always there; fortunately for us, we do not need to be entirely independent. We need not worry about tempting God, as he will offer us what we truly need to walk down the right path, even if we ourselves do not know what is best for us.
Thursday, 3rd Week of Advent
Keegan Jones ’18
First Reading- Song of Songs 2: 8-14
The first reading today calls us to be merry. Using the example of their lover, the writer describes their happiness and joy as the seasons change. The justification for as to why the term lover is used could be that we are all called to be lovers of the world and others. Just as the lover is overcome with joy with the changing of the seasons, so should we feel about this advent season. As we entered this advent season we gradually grew nearer to the coming of christ and now, we are so close we should express our happiness with joy and kindness to one another. Additionally, the reading today calls us to love ourselves during this Advent season and celebrate that saying, “For your voice is sweet, and you are lovely.”
Gospel- Luke 1:39-45
In this Gospel, Mary went to Judah to see her cousin Elizabeth. Elizabeth was amazed when she saw the Virgin Mary was bearing a son. I see this Gospel as a symbol of with God’s help, anything is possible. When Elizabeth said to Mary the child in her womb leaped for joy at the sound of her voice, this was in my opinion, a symbol of the great things to come. John the Baptist and Jesus Christ ended up bringing us a plethora of amazing things. This gospel also shows that anyone can change the world, no matter how humble their beginnings are.
Friday, 3rd Week of Advent
Gospel- Luke 1: 46-56
This gospel talks about all God has done for us. There are a countless amount of things God has done for us. In the Gospel, it states a few general areas where God is there for us. God has mercy on us when we are afraid of him. God gave his only son for our safety, that is why he is our savior. Even when sometimes I feel distant from God, I am always reminded that he is there with me through the good and the bad.
In the passage Luke states, “He has cast down the mighty from their thrones and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.” This shows that God knows us all. He knows who really needs his help and the ones who are just being greedy. Sometimes in life you have to look at what you have and be appreciative, not jealous of what others have.
Saturday, 3rd Week of Advent
Jack McBrearty ’18
1st Reading- Malachi 3:1-4, 23-24
The Hebrews had long awaited a savior to free them from tyranny. In this passage God is telling his people that their Messiah will finally come. Jesus would come to cleanse the world of its sin and open the gates of heaven to all. When it says “he will purify the sons of Levi” it means that Christ will bring change to the Hebrew religion. The Jews will witness Jesus bring forth new teachings that will challenge old laws. In the last lines God proclaims he will send Elijah, a prophet ahead of the coming of the Messiah. This does not literally mean that Elijah the old prophet will return but someone of the same greatness will come. This would end up being John the Baptist. Many confused John for the Messiah but he assured his followers that he was only paving the way forward for Christ. John would change the hearts and minds of many so that Jesus could begin his ministry.
Mike McShane ’18
Gospel- Luke 1: 57-66
In this gospel passage Luke writes about the birth of Elizabeth’s son, John. There was much controversy over the naming of Elizabeth’s baby because no one in her family had the carried the name John. Originally John was supposed to be named Zechariah but Elizabeth decided on John. The town told her not to but then Elizabeth called to the heavens and asked for God’s guidance. God influenced John’s father to write on a slab “John is his name” and all were astonished. I learned in this gospel that even when everyone else in your life is against you, God is always there for you. Decisions in people’s lives should not be based on popular opinion but based off what is best for yourself. No matter what God will always have your back through everything in your life and he will respect any decision you make.
1st Sunday of Advent, December 3, 2017
Sean Badali ’18
Isaiah 63:16B-17, 19B; 64:2-7
This reading pertains to the way we live our lives when we don’t think Jesus is watching. In the reading the writer says something about how we do not see Jesus or actually heard Jesus, but we still believe in him. We believe he has formed us to be who we are. We ask how come we do things to distance ourselves from God when God has the power to change how we are. For we are Clay and God is the potter, this analogy backs up the idea of God being able to shape who we are.
Dan Bies ’18
Mark 13: 33-37
To me this reading is when Jesus explained to his disciples that he will be betrayed, crucified, and killed. He is telling them to stay in their faith and wait for him to resurrect and come back to them. When he says “Be alert!” he tells them to be ready for when he comes back and not found being lazy and disinterested in his return. I thinks this is all about keeping faith in God and believing in his word and putting your trust in him that he word is truth. In the Gospel he says that he may not come suddenly and find you sleeping which he is just warning them that the time will come and they need to “watch!” In my own words I say that this is all about faith and even when it takes a long time and it looks like something won’t come you have to stay true and just believe and put your faith in it.
Monday, 1st Week of Advent
Brendan Coghlan ’18
Romans 11:1-2A, 11-12, 25-29
This Reading asks us the question “Has God rejected us, His people?” This is a silly question to ask because God always is loving and does not reject people. Though we stumble from time to time, God is there for us to pick us up when we fall. Through this reading I realized that though we may have committed wrongs and turned our back on God, He will always be merciful and because of that we all can be saved. The gifts and presence of God cannot be taken away from us. As long as we accept God’s love, we can persevere through anything that comes our way. It reminded me how things I go through are not as tough as I think they may be, because I am never alone.
Mr. J Augustyn, Campus Minister
In this gospel, Jesus heals the servant of a Roman centurion. While Jesus had performed many miracles, what makes this healing so remarkable is not what Jesus did, but rather the faith that the centurion exhibited. He knew that he, as a Roman soldier, had a great deal of power and yet he humbled himself before Jesus saying he wasn’t even worthy of having Jesus enter his home. Jesus is moved by this expression of faith and heals the servant. This advent we should all strive to have such simple, yet profound faith. If we do, hopefully one day Jesus will say to us, “Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith.”
Alex Culloton ’18
When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion, a commander of an ancient rome army, approached him. He asked Jesus to come with him and cure his servant who was paralyzed and suffering. The servant then said to Jesus, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof, only say the words and my soul shall be healed.“ He then tells Jesus how he too is a man subject to authority. Jesus was satisfied in the faith of this man and even says he has not found so much faith in a man in all of Israel.
This gospel shows how when you put faith in the Lord, he will be there to help in times of need. The centurion tells Jesus how he too is a man subject to authority and has men who he commands and servants who serve him. But despite his position in society, he believes that he is not a man worthy enough to have Jesus, our savior, enter his home. Jesus is very happy at how much faith this centurion has. Jesus tells him that many will come from the East and West and will recline at the banquet of the kingdom of Heaven. This shows how having Faith in our lord is important.
Tuesday, 1st week of Advent
Tom Farrell ’18
Isaiah 11 1-10
In this reading they compare the the holy spirit to a sprout with 6 branches that branch out and blossom. The branches are wisdom, understanding, counsel, strength, knowledge, and fear of the lord. God will have a special place for you in heaven if you follow and embrace these gifts from the holy spirit. If everyone used these gifts the world would be a better place and everyone would get along. The world would live in harmony. These gifts are not just for Catholics and people who believe but for everyone. The people that do not believe in God and doubt him should still follow these gifts. After reading this I will try to live out these gifts from the holy spirit to the best of my ability. I am going to try to follow these gifts of the holy spirit in my everyday life.
Andres Fernandez ’18
Luke 10: 21-24
This Gospel brought up a point that God revealed himself to those he chose, and not to everyone like kings and wise men. If God ever reveals himself to us, we should rejoice and be very thankful for this, as not everyone gets to see God. Jesus was telling his disciples to be glad that God revealed himself to them, as other people desired to see what they saw. I am going to go out on a limb here, but I feel like God reveals himself to his most dedicated followers. If you follow his ways and are a dedicated Christian, I feel like there is a chance he might reveal himself to you.
Wednesday, 1st week of Advent
Brendan Hosty ’18
Isaiah 25 6-10
I believe this reading is trying to persuade us to have complete trust in God. If we trust in God, he will provide us with happiness and salvation. In the reading, it states that God would give the people food and wine; however, I believe the true meaning of this is that God will provide us with true happiness and peace. Also, the reading is saying that people will understand and embrace suffering if they have trust in the Lord. Death will not be looked as an ending but rather a new beginning of life with God. At the end of the reading, the writer of the story is telling the people to be optimistic because if they live a fulfilling life with trust in the Lord, they will be happy for their reward of blessed eternity.
Andrew Hovey ’18
Matthew’s Gospel talks about the first time Jesus met Peter and Andrew (who were brothers). This gospel reminds me of my own brother and the special bond we share. Together, me and my brother have an unspoken respect and love for one another. Like Peter and Andrew, me and my brother spend a lot of time doing things together such as going out to eat, watching movies and playing video games. When Jesus told Peter and Andrew to follow him, the two brothers immediately agreed. Like them, my brother and I automatically and lovingly serve obligations to our parents, family, community and faith.
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Ryan Kenny ’18
Matthew 11: 28 – 30
To me this reading means that following God shouldn’t be a chore and should instead be something that is easy and natural for us to do. Talking to or being with God can be a way for us to relax, and everyone needs some time and place where they can feel safe, relaxed, and loved.
Friday, December 8, 2017
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Sean Kirchman ’18
Genesis 3:9-15, 20
The reading is a classic example of how easily we forget the will of God when faced with peer pressure. In the reading, both Adam and Eve knew that they were forbidden from eating the fruit of the tree. However, Eve and Adam both quickly ignored what they knew was right in favor of what someone else said they should do. Throughout our lives, we face conflicts where we don’t think about the morality of our decisions or their consequences. Whether we fail to speak out against bullying or choose to drive drunk because we want to be “cool,” we are forgetting about what is truly important : the following of God’s Commandments and our integrity. In our hearts we almost always know the difference between right and wrong. It is necessary for us to listen to that God-given conscience telling us not to follow the crowd or act out of selfishness. The temptations to sin are many, but the options we have to avoid sin are just as available. God knows each of us and has bestowed us with the opportunity to love and follow him despite our less than perfect choices.
Tom Kleist ’18
I believe that this is a very important revelation. Jesus sent down the angel Gabriel to Mary. This was the first time we realized how important that Mary truly was in God’s plan. When Mary questioned how she would become pregnant without a man, the angel told her the Holy Spirit would come upon her. This Gospel tells us that her son, Jesus, will be the Son of God. The angel also reveals that Elizabeth is pregnant, further showing Mary the true power of God. Mary agrees to be apart of God’s plan and says to let it be done. This Gospel is full of revelations that are necessary in understanding the true plan of God.
Saturday, Decemebr 9, 2017
Daniel Klimczak ’18
Isaiah 30: 19-21, 23-26
This reading from the book of Isaiah, says that you do not need to be afraid or sad because God will provide for you. He is said to be our teacher and he will not hide from us. He will tell us which way to go. Your livestock will be healthy and abundant. He will provide water for your crops and will give you abundant fruit. He will tear down those who are evil and he will heal those whom he has injured.
Jacob Koos ’18
The reading talks about telling the people of Zion to be brave and to know that God will save them. It talks about if you believe and keep on praying he will answer. I think this translate to us in modern time too. A lot of people don’t feel comfortable enough to go to God when in need of help. God should always be a source of help.
2nd Sunday of Advent, December 10, 2017
Joseph Kresic ’18
First Reading – Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11
In these verses, Isaiah speaks of the enslaved Israelites, who are waiting for someone to lead them out of Egypt. God says, “give comfort to my people.” We can assume that these people are the Israelites and it is now time for them to be freed. The people are told to “prepare the way of the LORD.” In my opinion, this means that not only must they prepare for the Lord with physical preparation, but they must also prepare themselves spiritually, as they will be presented with the Ten Commandments, the way the Lord will speak to His people. What follows is the telling of the people to rejoice and be glad and praise God, for God has freed them. I thought of this as Moses talking from the mountain Sinai. With the Commandments in hand he tells the people that this is the Lord and He will be there and protect you always. This is, of course, before he destroys the Commandments by throwing them at the idols the people began to worship.
This relates to our lives in that we all bear difficulties and crosses daily. However, we must keep our faith in God and trust him, for if we do so then one day we will be freed from our difficulties and will be able live with God in eternity.
Gospel- Mark 1: 1-8
How do we see the glory of God revealed? John promised that we would see the glory of God revealed in Jesus: “One mightier than I is coming after me…He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” St. Irenaeus said, ” Humans, fully alive, is the glory of God. ” We are called to be fully alive this advent so that the glory of the Lord will be revealed in us.
Monday, 2nd Week of Advent
Brian McElligott ’18
1st Reading- Isaiah 35: 1-10
I feel this reading is relating to the coming of Jesus. Jesus is seen as the Messiah and is going to bring good and happiness to the world. In the reading it says how “The desert and the parched land will exult.” We the people are seen as the desert and the parched land, and then Jesus is what we are going to be exulting over. Also it says how we will be met with joy and gladness and that sorrow and mourning will flee. Which is another thing that will happen once Jesus is brought into this world.
Liam McGinnis ’18
Gospel- Luke 5:17-26
This Gospel tells the story of Jesus healing a paralyzed man while pharisees and teachers watched. This story shares a message that all humans should live by. That message is that we need to put all of our trust in Jesus Christ. The teachers of the law and Pharisees did not believe that Jesus was able to forgive someone of their sins. The paralyzed man however did believe in Jesus and he was rewarded with the gift of walking.
Tuesday, 2nd week of Advent
1st Reading- Kevin Niemiec ’18
Isaiah 40: 1-11
I believe this reading means that whatever happens to the earth or the people of the planet God will always be to support us. The reading compares the creations on earth to wild flowers and the people to grass. It says that no matter if the grass withers or the flowers faded the word of God will continue to live on. This is a pretty important concept in the catholic faith because it shows that God will be with us when we need him the most.
Matt O’Donnell ’18
Gospel- Luke 1:39-47
I believe that Mary is the mother of the Lord. When she greeted Elizabeth and her baby jumped in her stomach, it tells me that Mary is the mother of jesus. This gospel shows me that the fruit of her womd is blessed, just as Elizabeth said. When mary is in the presence of unborn, these children “leap for joy” because she is the “most blessed among women”. In saying this, to me Mary is the mother of the Lord.
Wednesday, 2nd week of Advent
Matt Papiernik ’18
1st Reading- Isaiah40:25-31
In the first paragraph of the reading, God says are there any other people that our my equals? He then goes onto say look at the person who has created these great things, He leads armies not letting one of them go missing. Why Jacob do you say that your way is hidden from your God. The next paragraph starts with a question asking the people of Israel if they know that the Lord God is eternal and all powerful. He is not weak and he gives strength to the weak. Though men are weak, they look to their God and ask for his strength, and because of God they will not run, but will have strength.
I think that this reading means that God wants his people to start to trust him more. He wants them to know that he is all powerful and only wishes for his people to have complete faith in him. Also, he wants the people of Israel to know that if they put their trust in him, they will not be weak but strong.
Donny Roe ’18
Gospel- Matthew 11:28-30
This gospel to me means that Jesus will give us the rest or the reward we have been working towards and relieve us of the restlessness we have endured. That Jesus will help us persevere and help us relieve our stresses. It is a message saying that Jesus will help us solve what burdens us and to grow from it. So that one day our burdens are light. This gospel passage comes off to me as a message of comfort.
Thursday, 2nd week of Advent
Leo Staudacher ’18
1st Reading- Isaiah 48:17-19
This reading teaches us that we need to listen to God. He is the our God and he teaches us what is good for us. He is trying to lead us on the right path but we need to follow. If we would listen to his commandments we would prosper. What I understood this to mean was that God has a plan for us. He’s laid out the steps for us to follow but we have to follow them. If we follow the steps things will end up being good for us.
Evan Sullivan ’18
Gospel- Matthew 11:16-19
Jesus is speaking to a crowd of people, and he compares them to a group of judgemental kids. No matter what people do, they will make fun or judge them. Even if someone is perfect, people will find a way to judge and persecute that individual. As children of God, we should only look to find the good in people, not seek out the bad. Only finding the bad in people is immature and opposite to the teachings of God. To get one step closer to God, we, as God’s followers, must act how he would.
Friday, 2nd week of Advent
Jack Zampillo ’18
1st Reading- Wisdom 6 1-11
In this reading, God is telling us how he teaches us how we need to live and leads us down the right path. He says that if we follow the commandments, we will prosper and he will never stop leading us down the right path. I think that this is a reading that stands out over most, because sometimes we fail to live in the way God wants us to, and we need to be reminded that if we live our lives well, we will never truly die. We should live by his commandments, and realize that God is present in every aspect of our lives.
Matthew Zimecki ’18
Gospel- Matthew 11:16-19
I think that jesus is trying to convey that you shouldn’t presume certain things about others. WHen he says john came neither eating nor drinking he says the people say john is possessed by a demon. While when another one came eating and drinking they called him a glutton, drunkard, and a friend of sinners. The people in the crowds are essentially “judging a book by its cover” and presuming things about that person without further investigation. The moral, i think, that is to be taken from this is that we should make presumptions about people until we’ve talked to them.
Saturday, 2nd week of Advent
Charlie Zupan ’18
1st Reading- Sirach 48:1-4,9-11
In reading the lines of Sirach, I was given the impression of the power of Elijah and the deeds he is capable of. He shut up the heavens, brought down fire and famine upon the people, and those that remained stood in awe of his word, burning like a torch. The people trusted him to calm the wrath of God before it broke out in fury, and to unite the tribes of Jacob. Those who believed in him would live in eternal life. He performed amazing deeds as a prophet, and the people who followed him unconditionally would live with him in Heaven.
Andy Batzel ’18
Gospel- Matthew 17: 9A, 10-13
This Gospel reading really made me think about how I treat outsiders/newcomers. Jesus was asked when Elijah came and he responded that he already came, but since he was not recognized as a prophet, he was mistreated badly. This made me realize that I should treat every new person I meet with respect since they may be some kind of prophet/spirit in disguise. Jesus once said “Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.” This quote proves that everyone should be treated with respect when introduced because you never know how that person may affect your future. For example, say you act very rudely to a person you just met. You don’t think anything of it because you think you are better than the person you just met. Later in life, you’re looking for a job and you get called into a business to be interviewed by an employee there. When you arrive, you see the interviewer is the same person that you rudely interacted with earlier and you don’t get the job. This is just one example of how you never know if someone may come back in your life to affect it in a positive or negative way.