Justice Reflections From Fr. Claude Mostowik

Third Sunday in Advent 2020

Isaiah and St Paul tell their communities to hold on and wait in joyful hope for the coming of Jesus despite whatever was going on around them. This same message applies today even though people may try to find reasons not to rejoice in what some would say a crazy world where things seem to change every minute and difficult to keep up with. Our reality is distorted by a constant inundation of bad news. It seems there is little reason to rejoice especially in the face of human suffering.

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Justice Reflections From Fr. Claude Mostowik

Reflections for Second Sunday in Advent

In a world of war and terrorism, of pandemic, of poverty and injustice, of dishonesty and manipulation of the truth, and of political expediency, and the effects of climate change, more than ever we are invited to proclaim a hope to our world by practicing our faith by addressing issues of justice, peace, and genuine human development for all God's people. 

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Justice Reflections From Fr. Claude Mostowik

First Sunday in Advent

Just before today’s gospel reading, Mark suggests upheaval, destruction of the Temple, of war, earthquakes, famine and family betrayal.  It can seem shocking that a season perceived to be about joy and peace is connected with the end of the world. But, Jesus’ words are not so much shocking as much as familiar. Advent really expresses our faith in the possibility of a better world.

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Justice Reflections From Fr. Claude Mostowik

Solemnity of Christ, Heart of the Universe

Today’s solemnity was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925 and is marked by the Catholic Church as well as many Protestant churches. It came about in the context of the rising nationalism, fascism and secularism in 1920s Europe. The intention was to remind Christians that their ultimate allegiance lay with Christ Jesus and to encounter him in our everyday lives by finding him in people that we see needing our help. The most urgent priority is to see the face of God in every human being and especially those who are most vulnerable in our midst. Today’s gospel tells us where we can find him. But do we see? Do we want to see? It does involve risks and emerging from beyond our comfort zones.

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Justice Reflections From Fr. Claude Mostowik

Thirty Third Sunday of the Year 

When reading the scriptures, the backdrop must always begin with God’s loving presence, a God who is passionate about humanity. What we read, hear or experience must be held against this image especially when we read a parable such as the one today that depicts God like the master who locks a door to someone who has failed, made mistakes or done something foolish. The God of Jesus does not have unbending performance standards; who insists that our choices need be the right ones. 

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