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Christmas Eve Vigil Mass
Joe Case ’19
Where the gospel of Luke tells the full story of the birth of Jesus, Matthew’s gospel decides to take a different path. Matthew’s gospel finds the genealogy of Jesus to be more important to note than the actual events that lead up to the birth of Christ. At the time of the gospel’s writing, a person’s bloodline (in this case Jesus’s bloodline) was an important factor to determine their social status. The opening verses of Matthew’s gospel served as another assurance Jesus was in fact the new messiah and his words are the word of God. While his genealogy is interesting to us today, it was an essential tool to convert people, especially jews, to christianity in the early days of the church. Remember this verse this advent season and take pride in your own heritage.
Christmas Eve Mass at Night
Luke 2: 1-14
Nick Chimera ’19
In the Gospel passage of Luke Chapter 2, we learn about the birth and early childhood of Jesus. What has always touched me about the birth of Christ is that the Messiah—the savior of mankind—was born meakley in a manger. The Son of God was born like any human, with his mother and father, and grew up like any other kid. When he was twelve and his parents looked for him, Jesus was shocked that they had forgotten he was the Son of God. This touches me because Jesus who saved the world was human like me. Every human has the capability of changing the world. Thousands of years ago a child named Jesus was born in Bethlehem and we still talk about him today, and I think that can give hope to all mankind that we are all capable of living with love.
Christmas Day Mass at Dawn
Luke 2: 15-20
Ethan Hedke ’19
This reading from the Gospel of Luke is set on Christmas Day, when Jesus had come into the world. The shepherds had been alerted of this by the Lord’s angels, and having faith in the Lord, they decided to go see the Savior for themselves. After seeing the baby Jesus in all of His glory, they went around spreading the word of the Lord to all who would hear it and returned to Mary and Joseph glorifying and praising God. To me, this passage is all about praising the Lord for the things He has done for us. All throughout the Advent season, we have been asking God to prepare us for the arrival of our Savior, and now, He has arrived. Because the Lord said it would happen, it did; therefore, we show our gratitude to Him by proclaiming His word to everyone and thanking Him. Not only does this apply to the arrival of the baby Jesus, but it applies to everything we ask the Lord to help us with. We give thanks to the Lord no matter what the outcome is because we know it is what’s right for us. The Lord prepares us sufficiently for the plans He has for us; it’s only right and just to give Him thanks and praise.
John Mattes ’19
This Gospel tells of Jesus’s birth and all of the events surrounding his early days in life. The Gospel tells me there is hope for all of humanity for salvation, despite the sins we have committed. We must remember to follow Jesus and worship him, even if others ridicule or berate us for loving him. King Herod feared Jesus and attempted to have him murdered, similar to some on this Earth who persecute Catholics and kill them. So, I believe this Gospel is telling us to follow Jesus and not fear what others think of us, because if we believe in God we will always be saved.
Christmas Day Mass
John 1: 1-18
Nolan Quinn ’19
On Christmas Day, we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the light of the world and savior. We reflect on God’s creation and entry of the world, and we celebrate His greatest sacrifice. Through the incarnation of Jesus, God provided us with His Word in the flesh and blood. God also blessed humanity with salvation which would come through the passion and death of His Son Jesus. To me and to all Christians, Christmas is a time to reflect on and celebrate our salvation as a result of God’s ultimate sacrifice. We humans cannot say we have seen God, so the Son has made Him known.
December 16, 2018: Third Sunday of Advent
Mike Hopkins ’19
Luke 3:10-18 talks about sharing. The verse says we should share what we have with the less fortunate. It says, “Whoever has two tunics should share with the person who has none. And whoever has food should do likewise.” I relate this to Advent because Advent is a time of giving. We give each other gifts and donate to the less fortunate. In these lines, John the Baptist is also preparing the people for the coming of the messiah. We also prepare for the coming of the messiah during Advent. Although many people do see Advent as a time of giving, we should give more often. I don’t donate enough and I should work to find more to give.
Eric Gutierrez ’19
Coming from a very religious family, we take advent very seriously since it’s the season before the coming of Christ. We must open ourselves to receive the gift that God has bestowed upon us, the child that will save us from our sins. Right now,we are preparing to enter the season whether it be setting up the model of Jesus’ birth or praying that everything will end like it always does, with a good year. To us, Jesus is what prepares us as well for when we enter God’s kingdom. He is the one that will show us the way to the door when the time comes.
December 17, 2018: Monday, Third week of Advent
Matthew 1: 1-17
Seamus Cannon ’19
The love of God is powerful. So powerful that it was passed down through 42 generations from Abraham to Jesus Christ. God’s love and people’s faith in him persevered through trials and tribulations like the Babylonian Exile. There were also heights of God’s love such as King David and the birth of Jesus Christ. God’s love has survived through thousands of years now, and will continue to thrive and survive.
Jimmy Pufunt ’19
This talks about the genealogy of Jesus. From Abraham to Joseph, Jesus’s father. 14 generations since David and 14 generations before David. All were awaiting the coming of the messiah. From Abraham all the way to the father of Jesus, they all led up to the coming of the messiah Jesus Christ.
December 18, 2018: Tuesday, Third week of Advent
Matthew 1: 18-25
Liam Coughlin ’19
In Matthew 1:18-25, we receive the story of Jesus’s birth in only just over 200 words. In particular, Matthew puts focus into how Joseph deals with his wife’s miraculous pregnancy. Even before an angel explains the holy nature of Mary’s pregnancy, Joseph makes a concerted effort to maintain Mary’s reputation. He tries to quietly divorce her in an era where infidelity would typically lead to stoning. We should all strive to follow Joseph’s example of dedication to his family. The Advent season’s emphasis on preparation is clearly shown in this passage, where the birth of Jesus is prepared not only in a biological sense, but also through the preparation of Jesus’s loving family.
Thomas Durkin ’19
The Gospel for today, December 18th, comes from Chapter 1 of the Book of Matthew and provides us with a story about the birth of Jesus. This Gospel reading is a very typical narrative of the series of events that lead up to the birth of Jesus Christ, except for the fact that Matthew chooses not to include anything about Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. Instead, Matthew chooses to highlight the struggles that Joseph and Mary underwent due to her conceiving a child even though she was a virgin, and I feel that we can learn a lot from Joseph in this passage. The gospel reading mentions that Joseph was considering divorcing Mary and not letting her into his home because of the ridicule and hatred he would face from his community, but God sent an angel to him in a dream and let him in on a little plan that he had about Baby Jesus. It is often said that the season of Advent is a time of waiting. It always seems that whenever we have to wait for something we get more and more busy, but no matter how busy we get, we always have time to worry about what others think of us. We often find ourselves in a similar situation to Joseph, we are lost and unable to see God’s vision for us because other people’s thoughts and opinions get in our way. I feel that one thing we can all learn from Joseph this Advent is that we must set aside time to relax and align our own plans with God’s plan.
December 19, 2018: Wednesday, Third week of Advent
Luke 1: 5-25
Jack Clisham ’19
Mypassage is Luke 1:5-25, which is the story of Zechariah and Angel Gabriel. Gabriel tells him that his wife Elizabeth will bear a child. Zechariah is greatly confused because both he and his wife are in old age and Elizabeth hasn’t been able to bear a child. He voices his concern, and this gets Gabriel upset. Because of his lack of trust in the power of God, Zechariah will be mute until his child is born. I can relate this to my own life because I know God will be there for me. While he doesn’t directly punish me like he did Zechariah, I can definitely see a difference between when I do and don’t let God into my life.
Tom Gleeson ’19
This bible passage explained to me how important it is to be patient. In my life I haven’t always been great at this but in the story it helps me understand what can come of this. Elizabeth and Zachariah were patient with God and took their time with God. God returned the favor and gave them the gift of a son. These bible passages show the power of God and how if your patient with him and show trust he will show trust back.
December 20, 2018: Thursday, Third week of Advent
Luke 1: 26-38
Dan Spellman ’19
As we reflect on the season of advent, we approach a moment that we have all prepared for throughout advent. The announcement of the birth of Jesus to Mary again reminds us to be patient as we await the fulfillment of God’s promise. Mary’s character models the worshipful and obedient nature we should all strive to project during the advent season. Mary’s strength in doing God’s will has helped me remain faithful and hopeful as the first semester comes to a close. Her unending strength and piety reminds me to keep God close even as life becomes hectic with the Christmas season arriving. We can all reflect on Mary’s unwavering faith as a model to us all as we approach the busy yet joyful christmas season.
December 21, 2018: Friday, Third week of Advent
Luke 1: 39-45
Will Witry ’19
The gospel of Luke 1:39-45 encapsulates a certain sense of the advent season in the way of waiting and anticipation. Mary goes to visit Elizabeth in Judah and Elizabeth is both pleased and surprised by Mary’s arrival. In my life God has come to me in the most unexpected moments. I may try and anticipate his coming but God does what he wants and arrives when he likes. Elizabeth was not prepared for the arrival of God that day but those who accept him, those “who believed”, don’t need to be ready for the Lord. Advent is a season of anticipation but God is one that you can’t anticipate so be ready to welcome him when he does arrive.
December 22, 2018: Saturday, Third week of Advent
Luke 1: 46-56
Vince Podlasek ’19
In Luke 1:46-56 the gospel also known as The Canticle of Mary talks about how Mary praises God. Though when reading the text in Luke it is clear that Mary did not merely recite the Magnificat. She boldly and joyfully proclaimed it. Mary was celebrating what God was doing to her life. Though as I read The Canticle of Mary, I realized that it is no gentle meditation, but one that is bold and charismatic. Thus what I feel that this gospel is saying to me at this time is that I should not take what God has given to me and take for granted. But in the season of advent, I feel that this gospel is also saying to me at this time that we must be prepared to proudly proclaim God for all that he has done for me and everyone else.
Luke Mulcrone ’19
When God does things, it is for others and not for Himself. He lifts those he deems worthy by their actions and not those who decided to do good because they know someone is watching. When He does great things it is through those that have surrounded themselves with the Holy Spirit. Acting upon the right things makes you enlightened and humble. When He has left you, you can act as though you’ve done nothing, but when He returns embrace Him and thank Him.
December 23, 2018: Fourth Sunday of Advent
Conor Doyle ’19
This passage stands out to me as one of great importance in our own lives, as it shows how the power of God works through us all. The passage stresses the importance of preparing for the challenges we face in life, as Mary makes an arduous journey to visit her cousin Elizabeth. The Holy Spirit spoke through Elizabeth as she had great faith in both God and that he would deliver her a baby in her old age. This speaks to what is possible when we prepare ourselves to accept God into our lives, because he never allows those who believe in him to be alone. The fact that Elizabeth knew that Mary was the Mother of God, speaks to her having prepared for the coming of the Messiah, and thus God allowed her to know who Jesus would be. Those who preparand are able to accept God into their everyday lives will be rewarded with everlasting life.
December 24, 2018: Monday, Fourth week of Advent
Troy McManigal ’19
This Gospel passage is Luke 1:67-79, titled “Zechariah’s Song”. In this passage, Zechariah praises God, characterizing God as powerful and faithful to covenant promises. Zechariah also talks about that his son John will be important in his life. This Gospel makes me think of how beautiful God is, and how important he is during the advent season. Jesus is the reason we have many of the holidays. Easter is the holiday were we celebrate the rebirth of Jesus after he was hung on the cross. Christmas is the holiday where we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. During Advent, we prepare for the day where we remember the coming of our savior. At this time of my life, this Gospel passage relates to me and tells me how important God should be in my daily life.
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.