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As of Sept. 1, 2020, Tuesdays at 10AM will be in Spanish, and Wednesdays at 10AM will be English

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Monday – Friday: 6:30 AM
Monday – Saturday: 10 AM (live stream)
Weekend Mass Schedule:
Saturday: 5:30 PM
Sunday: 7 AM, 11 AM (live stream), 1 PM, 5 PM
Español: 9 AM (live stream), 7 PM

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The Good News of Jesus

Isaiah 40:1: “Comfort, give comfort to my people, says the Lord.”  Who does not need comfort?  Hundreds of thousands of people have died in our own country from Covid 19.  Millions have lost their jobs; some of which will never come back.  One out of three adults have trouble paying their basic bills to survive.  With the threat of sickness and death, many give way to fear and despair.  In the Scriptural world: Isaiah in 550 BC addressed  a defeated and exiled people. In the time of John the Baptist, Israel remained still an oppressed people, chafing under Roman yoke. By the time of Mark’s gospel, the Roman empire persecuted the young Church;  Peter and Paul had been killed.

We celebrate the gospel as good news– incredibly good in an incredibly bad world.  Isaiah says: Comfort my people; our shepherd is tenderly caring. The letter of Peter promises new heavens and earth. The responsorial Psalm promises kindness, truth, justice, peace. Popular contemporary culture holds up vision for Christmas consisting of homecoming, family and friends, the “hallmark moment.” But spending, shopping, and cooking cannot  guarantee lasting happiness.  Our hope means that the Christmas ideal is not realized just once a year, but we celebrate a kingdom that lasts forever.

 “The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God” (Mark 1:1) Mark is the oldest gospel written about 70 AD.  (Paul wrote I Thessalonians about 50 AD;  he was dead by the time Mark wrote.)   Mark was first of the four to write the story of Jesus’ life; Paul had proclaimed death-resurrection.  Mark’s gospel was known to Matthew, Luke and John; it is the only one called “gospel.” Here in the first paragraph we have important insights for the whole gospel. “Beginning” means more than the beginning of a book or a story, but the beginning of an event, salvation, the beginning of what happens to a person, repentance, and the process or redemption.

Cordell Brown had cerebral palsy.  On a Sunday afternoon in 1980 he was walking through the clubhouse of the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies.  (Walking was difficult; feeding himself was difficult. He was going to speak to players in chapel service.)  What could he say to those superstars Steve Carleton and Mike Schmidt so far removed from his world of pain and deformity?

He preached powerfully:  “I know I’m different.  But, by God’s grace I am what I am.”  Then for 20 minutes he spoke about the goodness of God in his life.  “You may hit 350 for a lifetime and be paid a million dollars a year, but when the day comes that they close the lid on that box, you won’t be any different than I am.  That one time when we’ll be the same.  I don’t need what you have in life, but one thing’s for sure: You need what I have, and that’s Jesus Christ.”  Like John the Baptist says in today’s gospel “One mightier than I is coming after me” (Mark 1:7).  And Advent celebrates how the coming of that divine One makes all the difference in our lives. 

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Yours in Christ,

Fr. Paul Vuturo