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December 9, 2018: Second Sunday of Advent
Andrew Thompson ’19
Luke 3:1-6 tells me that I should always believe and spread the word of God even in lonely times. The desert that John proclaims the word of God represents these lonely times where it may easy to lose faith. Luke 3:1-6 says, “Prepare the way of the Lord make straight his paths. Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low. The winding roads shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth,and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” As christians we prepare for Christmas through the season of advent. This passage reminds me of that preparation because during advent and Christmas we gather with friends and family to celebrate the birth of Jesus; moreover we put aside our differences and show more love than hate. We attempt to give more than receive. The mountains, roads, and rough ways represent our relationships before Advent that may be not in the position they should be. During Advent we straighten out and smooth over relationships by coming together as friends and family to give and show love. Through this gathering and preparation, “all flesh shall see the salvation of God,” meaning everyone feels the love and the forgiveness of God and others through the season of advent in preparation for the birth of Christ.
Anthony Arquilla ’19
Luke 3:1-6 relates to the season of advent because it also discusses themes of preparation. During advent, we are preparing ourselves for the birth of Christ. In this reading, a voice cries out to “prepare the way of the Lord”. This does not mean to literally fill in valleys and shorten mountains, however, it means that if this was how the world was prepared, all the world would easily be able to achieve Heaven. This shows that while I may not be able to “make straight his paths”, I can still live a Christian life according to His word to achieve my goal.
December 10, 2018: Monday, Second week of Advent
Luke 5: 17-26
Antonio Delgadillo ’19
The gospel I have chosen has a lot of saying. It can mean many things and many ways. The gospel talks about Jesus helping a man in a stretcher. These Pharisees brought this man to Jesus. Jesus forgives his sins but the people didn’t believe in him. They only thought God could forgive sins so they didn’t believe in him. Jesus told the man on the stretcher to get up and walk him. The man stood up and walked home glorifying Jesus. This shows that we should trust our hearts. The Pharisees knew in there hearts that he was the son of God. But, in their minds they didn’t want to believe. This shows that we should trust our hearts instead of our minds. Our hearts will lead us to the right way because God is in our hearts.
Jack Aler ’19
This story illustrates the power of God. It shows how he can help us in times of trouble, but no matter what, we should always glorify God. This story symbolizes how we may only pray in times of trouble or need. It teaches us to not do that. This story teaches us to pray whenever we get the chance. Then we will know God is there with us.
December 11, 2018: Tuesday, Second week of Advent
David O’Keeffe ’19
Advent is a season of waiting and preparing for the coming of Jesus Christ. The gospel of Matthew, in chapter 18: 12-14, proclaims that God would be disappointed to see even a single one of His children wander away from him. This verse shows that God truly does value every single one of his children just as much as the others, and His kingdom would not be the same if He lost a single follower. God loves us just as he loves his only son, Jesus. Just as we wait in excitement and prepare for the coming of Jesus, God prepares each one of us with the opportunity to live and do good in the world, and he is excited to all of us to flourish together in His kingdom.
Keith Gniady ’19
This passage reflects on those who sin against the Lord. If you sin and stray from God he will come and get you with compassion, not forget about you. We all sin, no one is perfect, and I guarantee recently 100% of the 20 people in our class have sinned in some way. God will not let us go and stay astray. God will come and find us to keep us on the path to him. Advent being the season of preparation, we must prepare to be put back on path by God. We must prepare ourselves and believe in him.
December 12, 2018: Wednesday, Second week of Advent
Dean Sison ’19
I think this Gospel passage is saying that things come in an instant. We must be ready to receive God’s work and be prepared to fulfill it. Mary was not expecting the news from the Angel. In an instant, she was ready to fulfill God’s work and started preparing for it. We cannot expect when God wants us to do a special deed. When he comes we must be able to accept it and prepare for it.
December 13, 2018: Thursday, Second week of Advent
Nick Christiano ’19
The first thing I noticed is that Jesus holds John the Baptist in high regard. The least in the Kingdom of Heaven is even greater than John the Baptist. The gospel’s meaning is that some people are using violence to keep others from entering the Kingdom of Heaven. I believe this applies to the Jews who were opposed to Jesus. Jesus calls John “Elijah”, which basically means that Jesus is the Messiah. “Elijah’s” return is the prelude to the arrival of the Messiah. Jesus says “Whoever has ears ought to hear.” This means those with discernment will listen to Jesus and recognize him as the savior. I believe we are all called to be John the Baptist. It is our duty to accept Christ in our lives and and prepare other people to accept Christ.
Matt Cegielski ’19
I believe the gospel is saying that John the baptist was a incredible man but it also contrasts it by bringing him down to size. It says that heaven is in a state of violence and they prophesied John the baptist. The were prepared for John’s arrival as we prepare for the season of advent. To conclude that John is believed to be great with some faults but ultimately great. That everyone should listen and prepare for his arrival.
December 14, 2018: Friday, Second week of Advent
Ethan McCarthy ’19
The work of Jesus is not to be overlooked. The generation described here is the people of sin, so this message can be applied to all people. We are all like children who do not accept anything but what is desired, or like those who called Jesus a drunk and friend of tax collectors, because the people of now do not accept what Jesus has given to us. We complain and feel like we need more in life, but in reality, what we need is Jesus’ wisdom. Jesus has given us all the preparation we need in life through his teachings and lessons. It is our job to appreciate this and accept the gifts that have been given.
Dan Mueller ’19
Matthew 11:16-19 contains a lot of hidden meaning that can relate to my life. Jesus, in this passage, talks about this generation and our unwillingness to accept what we are given, no matter how good. In this advent season, as we prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus, it is a good time to reflect on our lives. Many times it is easy for us to be angry in our lives and not fully content, but God has blessed us immensely. When we are given something in our life we always seem to find a new problem and not thank God for the blessings he pours upon us. After reading this passage, this advent season I will be thankful for my blessings in life, and not get upset at God for the minor inconveniences in my life.
December 15, 2018: Saturday, Second week of Advent
Matthew 17: 9-13
Marc Ridgell ’19
Everything is not what it first seems. In short, Jesus tells the disciples to not tell that Elijah has arrived until the Son of Man resurrects. In this chapter of my life, I have learned to not discount myself. Amidst the college application season, like me, students can start to feel insecure about all of their hard work during high school. But, just as in these verses, Jesus says that, “Elijah will indeed come and restore all things,” we should trust in our faith. Although life is momentarily iffy and uncertain, possessing the faith in God that we have when life is going good should be possessed the same in times of uncertainty in our life. My current motto is “everything will be okay.” And, if students cannot believe that, they should start, because distrusting God in that, your life will be awry, can position you to not shine in your true potential. This advent season, let us prepare for a season of generosity and certainty, because although we may be uncertain in the moment, will faith and trust, our burning questions about the future will be answered.
December 2, 2018: First Sunday of Advent
Dan Reardon ’19
Luke 21: 25-28, 34-36
This passage from Luke ties in with Christmas because as Catholics at this time we are preparing for the return of Jesus for the Final Judgement. Verses 25-28 give an extremely detailed vision of what it will be like when Jesus Christ comes down from Heaven in all his glory. In verses 34-36 we are told to stay vigilant in prayer and attitude and to not get caught up in daily life stress. We must be ready at all times to be judged by Christ. These verses brings joy to Christians all around the world, similar to the holiday of Christmas. During this time we are at our best filled with joy and inspired by all the good around us. I challenge you to keep the attitude of Christmas all year round so we are ready for the return of Christ in glory all the time.
December 3, 2018: Monday, First week of Advent
Jimmy Calcagno ’19
The Gospel passage speaks to me at this time in my life. It can be difficult to find enough time for God in my busy schedule and commit my entire being to Him. Therefore, like the centurion, I must recognize my unworthiness in the face of God and say, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed,” before receiving the Eucharist at Mass. God is the one true authority, so I should forget any worldly authority I may have in order to strengthen my faith.
The passage also relates to the preparation season of Advent as we prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas. However, Advent extends beyond the few weeks before the holiday. We do not know when the second coming of Christ will be, so we should constantly live our lives in preparation for it by always trying to do what is right. We must seek God’s grace through the Holy Spirit to humbly receive Jesus through Communion, Christmas, and Scripture.
Marco Braschi ’19
Matthew 8:5-11 tells the story of the ill servant and the commanderś plead for help from Jesus. Often times, we pray just because we need something. Rather, we should pray and talk to God on more of a daily basis. Doing this will strengthen our relationship with God. Praying only in times of need makes us feel like we are treating God as a “crutch”. Especially in this season of advent as we prepare for the birth of Jesus, we should all make an effort to build a stronger relationship with God. Keeping a good, strong relationship will help us all avoid straying further away from God.
December 4, 2018: Tuesday, First week of Advent
Mike LaBella ’19
This gospel passage from Luke presents to the disciples of Jesus that he will be the one to reveal God to us. We must believe in Jesus fully and acknowledge that he’s our passage to God and to know God means we have to know Jesus. Through our belief in Jesus we are prepared to know God and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit prepares us for advent so that the wise and intelligent are not the ones that see God, but the young and open minded who have sought God through Jesus. Preparation is not always easy or fun, but it allows us to reap the full benefits in the long run.
Tom Gallagher ’19
This gospel is extremely relatable to all Catholics. God does not reveal himself through big, crazy events. Rather, he reveals himself to those who are attentive and watchful, and to those who are prepared. Advent is a season of preparing, and I feel that those who are the most prepared are also those who God reveals himself to. Blessed are those who get to see God for who he is, because preparation is not always easy. No matter how difficult it may be, being prepared always leads to a better outcome in the end.
December 5, 2018: Wednesday, First week of Advent
Josh Moyer ’19
Matthew 15: 29-37 tells the story of Jesus curing and feeding the crowd of thousands. This is a very well-known story – one we’ve heard countless times and discussed a lot this year. The reason we as Catholics put so much emphasis on it is because of its importance to the Church – specifically the Eucharist. Just as Jesus fed thousands of people with just seven loaves and a few fish, he too feeds the Church body with the bread and wine of the Eucharist, which becomes his body and blood. Advent is a time of preparation and patience for all of us. We must be strong of faith, not wavering in the face of evil. Along with Lent, Advent is the time of year in which the Eucharist is most important. It shows Christ that we are of strong will while waiting for his arrival.
Pat Foertsch ’19
In this Gospel according to Matthew, the author shares the well-known story of the miracle of the seven loaves and fishes. The numerous examples of symbolism in this Gospel are easily identified. In fact, some could even be related to the season of advent. For instance, as Jesus stands before a group of over 4,000 people, he begins to prepare a meal for them in a way that seems almost too familiar; he breaks the bread and fish, and he gives thanks. As Catholics, we understand that this directly correlates with the preparation of the Eucharist. Furthermore, with advent being known as a season of preparation, this Gospel relates to the preparation of the birth of Jesus Christ.
December 6, 2018: Thursday, First week of Advent
Patrick McGann ’19
Matthew 7:21, 24-27
The first part of this passage states that we should be “doing the will of my Father (God).” This should not just be done during the holy times of the year like Advent. We should be doing the will of God all year long. Unfortunately, sometimes we see people who only go to church during the Advent season. This first passage states that we should not do that. We should go to church all year long. The second passage says that the words of Jesus have built a solid foundation of faith. He compares this to building a house on a rock. During Advent we prepare to welcome Christ to Earth. So if we start by building or preparing ourselves with a solid foundation, we will find ourselves ready to welcome Jesus to Earth. Just like building a house, if we gather all of the needed supplies, we are prepared to start building. So if we prepare for Jesus’s birth during Advent, we will be able to build an even stronger faith when he comes to Earth.
Matt Reidy ’19
The main message I took away from this gospel passage is that nothing is ever just handed to you. One portion of the gospel reads, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.” This means that in order to enter the kingdom of heaven, we must always do God’s will. As the season of Advent approaches, I can try my best to truly live out this gospel passage. Whether it be by helping out with my youth group at the Ronald McDonald House, or even something as simple as watching my younger brother to take some stress off my parents, I will take this to heart during this season of preparation to strengthen my faith.
December 7, 2018: Friday, First week of Advent
Jack McMahon ’19
Advent is a time that we all must individually prepare ourselves. We must prepare our hearts and souls for the coming of Jesus on Christmas Day. The two blind men from Matthew 9:27-31 teach us to put our faith entirely in Christ. Jesus turns no one away from salvation. This story demonstrates that Jesus understands our faults. Jesus does not get angry even when the blind men do the opposite of what they were told to.
Aidan McGuire ’19
When I read the Gospel of Jesus healing the blind and the mute, I find great inspiration. In the gospel, the two blind men follow Jesus indoors asking for mercy. As Jesus looked upon them he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” I look at this two ways. On one hand, I see we should never doubt the power Christ bestows upon us. We, and I especially, find ourselves often times questioning what power Jesus actually has sometimes, forgetting all the miracles he performed during his time. On the other hand, I find this as a little personal motivation. I find myself sometimes lacking the confidence to do some tasks in life. But, when I read this gospel and seeing the way Jesus responded to these two men, it gives me the confidence I had been lacking. Jesus knew he could do anything to those men that they needed, he just wanted to see if they believed in him. I try to imitate that same energy Jesus had, the kind of knowing I can do anything in my power, no matter the outside opinions.
We are already underway with the season of advent and are preparing for the birth of Christ in a little under 3 weeks and the start of a new year. For some, we are preparing for that new year just mentioned, a fresh start to a year they might want to forget. Others, like myself, want to build off the success we had in 2018 and hope to make 2019 even better. Whatever way we look at it, each and every one of us is trying to accomplish our own individual goals that will eventually lead to bigger and better things in our life.
December 8, 2018: Saturday, First week of Advent
Tim Novick ’19
At this point in my life, I am not always very trusting in my faith. I let the busyness and stress get to my head and I tend to push the thought of God to the back of my mind. Similarly, Mary questioned her faith when she asked how the birth of a son would be possible if she was not with Joseph. In this season of advent, I, like Mary, need to place my trust in the Lord and know that the Holy Spirit with inspire me to come back to the Lord when I am astray. With this faith in the Lord, anything is possible and I can get back on track in my faith and in life.
Ryan Creevy ’19
In my opinion, this story relates to our personal lives and the way God communicates with us. In our lives, God comes to us in many different ways, and like He did with Mary, chooses what will happen to us and guides us in or lives. This passage also shows that everything happens according to God’s plan, and that we do not have to fear where our lives may lead. Another thing that Luke 1:26-38 shows is that even though you may think that you are insignificant in the grand scheme of things, God will choose you to spread his word and lead others in prayer. This passage also relates to the season of Advent in that God and the Holy Spirit are helping Mary prepare for the coming of Jesus.