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.