Friday within the season of Christmas
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7p
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am and 7:00pm during the semester
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - John Neumann
Readings for today’s Mass
Our readings today continue with the theme of living out the Christmas message. Perhaps by now the tree has been taken down, new gifts have been left by the wayside, and that tiny baby who came to bring light and life to our world has been forgotten. But he still challenges us.
The first reading tells is: The way we came to know love was that he laid down his life for us; so we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If someone who has worldly means sees a brother in need and refuses him compassion, how can the love of God remain in him? Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth.
Christ called the apostles to mission. He called St. John Neumann to mission and he calls you and me to complete the work of Christmas. I share with you the lyrics to a song written by civil rights activist Howard Thurman:
Now The Work of Christmas Begins
When the song of the angels is stilled
when the star in the sky is gone
when the kings and princes are home
when the shepherds are back with their flocks
the work of Christmas begins:
to find the lost, to heal the broken
to feed the hungry, to release the prisoner
to rebuild the nations, to bring peace among the people
to make music in the heart.
Let this work begin in you and in me as we bid farewell to the Christmas season this Sunday. Let us strive to make Ordinary Time a little less “ordinary” for all.