January 07, 2018
“The Magi set out because of a deep desire prompted them to leave everything and begin a journey. It was though they had always been waiting for that star.” (Pope Benedict XVI) How often do we walk before dawn or during the night and not observe the stars? But on occasion the night sky catches our attention and in a twinkling of a star we are keenly aware of the magnificence of creation and our own insignificance. Today, we commemorate Wise Ones from the East being led to Bethlehem to pay homage to the hidden king. The gift bearers receive the precious revelation of God’s glory.
In the Gospel according to St. John (the Evangelist) John the Baptist and two of his disciples are watching Jesus walk by. John remarks: “Behold the Lamb of God.” The two disciples follow Jesus. Jesus turns and asks: “What are you looking for?” They reply: “Teacher where are you staying?” Jesus says: “Come and you will see.” We are seeking Jesus – a lifetime vocation. The author of “The Cloud of Unknowing” notes: “If you wish to keep growing you must nourish in your heart the lively longing for God. Though this loving desire is certainly God’s gift, it is up to you to nurture it.”
Girls and Boys in Pre K 3 & 4 were so excited on Thursday morning with snow falling and Christmas coming. It can be a magical time and hectic too. Buffalo News “Gusto” suggests we should be “making a list and checking it twice” to decide on special things to do! Like: hot chocolate in front of a great fireplace; see old fashioned windows on Central Ave in the V... READ MORE
A loud “pop” and then contagious fear! It happened at Our Lady of Victory Basilica during the annual presentation of Handel’s “Messiah” with a hushed sellout/capacity crowd. The sound was caused by an old light bulb exploding in the ceiling. The frightening pop occurred during an aria “Rejoice Greatly.” “Advent” means “coming” – the coming o... READ MORE
On Good Friday we proclaim the Passion according to St. John. Above the crucified Jesus is the inscription: “Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews.” The title of “king” seems out of place identifying a man sentenced to death and wearing a crown of thorns. It is hard to believe that Jesus is a King! Yet today we celebrate “Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.... READ MORE
We are likely to misunderstand the word “talent.” For us it means: “I’ve Got Talent” – artistic or athletic ability displayed in performance and competition. Originally “talent” was a weight to measure copper, silver or gold coins. In the parable of Jesus, a man going on a journey entrusts “talents” i.e. his wealth to three servants “each according to... READ MORE
The parable of the 10 virgins (5 wise and 5 foolish) waiting for the bridegroom seems strange to our contemporary ears but understanding wedding customs at the time of Jesus can give us a better appreciation of the story. The archeological excavation of Simon “Peter’s house” in Capernaum gives us an insight into the family unit. Jonah and his wife, his sons Simon Pet... READ MORE