God's Answer for Our Hearts12-08-2019Rev. Brian F. Manning
To some practical extent, the future is now. We need to realize that our present actions and attitudes create our future. We cannot know the future as such, but we need to think about it. Life will happen whether we think about it or not, but knowing what matters for the future is most important. Our central character this weekend in the Gospel is John the Baptist who is most willing to shine a light on the future. He announces a message of repentance to prepare for the future. Indeed people come in hordes to hear him and respond. They step forward and receive a baptism of repentance. Note, however, in this Gospel passage that John’s blunt judgment of the Pharisees and Sadducees who are in this mass of humanity brings us up a little short. Matthew, the Gospel writer, was always hard on the religious leaders of Israel. His Gospel holds them responsible for failing to recognize Jesus as the Messiah. He evens holds them to a greater charge of failing to prepare the people for the coming of the Messiah. Thus for this great reason he has John sharply criticize them to one and all. John taunts them by saying they can take no pride in their heritage as sons of Abraham.READ MORE
A Festival of Lessons & Carols
Dec 15, 2019: 3:00pm
“Lessons and Carols” is a ceremony of sacred readings and music of the Advent and Christmas Season. Please come enjoy the readings and carols of the season. What a great way to prepare for the upcoming Christmas season!
Dec 16, 2019: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
in the Lower Chapel
Join Deacon Guy for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, rosary, quiet time for reflection, night prayer, & Benediction