Andrew, like his brother Simon Peter, was a fisherman. He became a disciple of the great St John the Baptist, but when John pointed to Jesus and said, "Behold the Lamb of God!" Andrew understood that Jesus was greater. At once he left John to follow the Divine Master. Jesus knew that Andrew was walking behind him, and turning back, he asked, "what do you seek?" When Andrew answered that he would like to know where Jesus lived, Our Lord replied, "Come and see." Andrew had been only a little time with Jesus when he realised that He was truly the Messiah.
This week, we get a little closer to the coming of the Lord. The readings last week focused on how it is that we are to prepare for Jesus’ coming in glory, but this week, the readings talk to us about He who will judge.
The beginning of the First Reading, from the prophet Isaiah in the 600s BC, identifies who it is that will come to judge: “A shoot springs from the stock of Jesse.” What is that and why is that a “who”? Isaiah is using agricultural language to talk about the line of Jesse. Jesse was the father of King David in the Old Testament.
Pastoral Letter from His Lordship the Bishop Mgr. Carmel Zammit
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
The Lord Jesus comes to give us hope!
As we begin a new Church year on this First Sunday of Advent, since this is my first pastoral letter as your bishop, may I say how grateful I feel for the support and care that you have shown to me during the short time that I have been honoured to serve as your Bishop. For years, Gibraltar has been my home – a community that welcomed me as a priest forty years ago, where I served for twenty years, and now after another twenty years serving in Malta, embraced me again as your Bishop. Thr...
Today might be "Thanksgiving" in the USA but the Church also gives thanks today for St Andrew Dung Lac and his companions.
Through the missionary efforts of various religious families beginning in the sixteenth century and continuing until 1866, the Vietnamese people heard the message of the Gospel, and many accepted it despite persecution and even death. On June 19, 1988, Pope St John Paul II canonised 117 persons martyred in the eighteenth century. Among these were ninety-six Vietnamese, eleven missionaries born in Spain and belonging to the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), and ten French missionari...
In the fourth century a Greek religious romance on the Loves of Cecilia and Valerian was written in glorification of virginal life with the purpose of taking the place of then-popular sensual romances.
Consequently, until better evidence is produced, we must conclude that St. Cecilia was not known or venerated in Rome until about the time when Pope Gelasius (496) introduced her name into his Sacramentary.
It is said that there was a church dedicated to St. Cecilia in Rome in the fifth century, in which Pope Symmachus held a council in 500.
It’s that beautiful time of the year again, when “sleigh bells ring, people sing and Christmas is in the air” — and what a beautiful time it is indeed! Our Sunday readings at Mass, however, beginning this Sunday, don’t yet reflect the events of what we know the season to be all about. Instead, for a while, the liturgy of the word focuses on the Second Coming of Our Lord.
“Isaiah, son of Amoz,” looks forward to the mountain of the Lord that shall be established above all mountains. This is not just any mountain though. Sure, when Isaiah spoke of it, he meant Mount Zion in Israel, but we know that God’s Word always carries a...
The meaning of Advent is two-fold. It comes from the Latin adventus, or “coming,” and refers to the first coming of Jesus into the world two thousand years ago, when God took on humanity and entered history to walk among us. But originally, the Church saw in Advent a preparation for the second coming of Jesus at the end of history, when he will establish the new heavens and the new earth. Both meanings are important for you and me today, because it allows us to enter into the mystery of Jesus’ coming among us, speaking with us as a friend speaks to a friend; and it encourages us to look to that day when Jesus “will make all...
As we approach the final Sunday of the Year of Mercy I couldn't help but pause for a moment and reflect on how the Lord has touched our lives this past year and poured out His abundant mercy on us all. In truth, my first thought was "Wow. Where on earth has this year gone?" My second thought was "Well, now what?"
The answer? It could not be more simple... We continue to seek His mercy. Yes, you may have to walk through an ordinary door, but the confessional will still always be on the other side.
The Lord is King: Reflection on the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 19, 2017
Tyson Murphy was born and raised in California, USA. He received a Bachelor's and Master's degree in theology from Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. Having spent nearly a month in Gibraltar during the summer of 2016, he has developed a special love for the people of the Rock.
Jeremy was born and raised in Gibraltar. He has a double major Bachelor's degree in theology and catechetics with a minor in philosophy from Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. He currently lives in Gibraltar with his wife, Stephanie, and their son, Álvaro.
Patrick is from Northville, Michigan, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in theology at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, after receiving a Bachelor’s degree in history and philosophy.