Week of December 15, 2019

Jesus said to them in reply,

“Go and tell John what you hear and see:

the blind regain their sight,

the lame walk,

lepers are cleansed,

the deaf hear,

the dead are raised,

and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.”

(Matthew 11:4-5)

Today is Gaudete (rejoice) Sunday.  As we are halfway through Advent, this is a good time to reflect on our progress in preparing to receive the Lord.  One of the ways we reflect on our progress is in celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Following are the times parishes in our deanery are celebrating this sacrament.  We will have a communal celebration here at Holy Spirit on Tuesday, December 17th.  There is also opportunity for confession on Saturdays from 4:00 – 4:30 PM.

Reconciliation Services:

  • Our Lady of the Presentation Parish: Sunday, December 15th, at 6:30 PM
  • Holy Spirit Parish: Tuesday, December 17th, at 7:00 PM
  • St. Robert Parish, in Blue Springs, Wednesday, December 18th, at 7:00 PM
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Harrisonville, Thursday, December 19th at 7:00 pm

In Matthew’s Gospel today John the Baptist sends his disciples to see if Jesus is the one or should they look for another.  Jesus answers them by referring to his healings which have echoes in today’s reading from Isaiah.

Isaiah’s oracle describes a period that is exceedingly joyful.  People and animals on the earth, even the earth itself, sing joyfully because of the salvation the Lord provides.  Isaiah connects physical and spiritual healings with divine salvation.  Bodies are strengthened. Physical ailments are healed.  People with emotional impairments are given divine reassurance.  The earth is healthy and lush, and all dangers are abated.  Isaiah describes a joyful moment of redemption in Israel’s history.

On Gaudete Sunday and always, let us patiently prepare for the Lord and find joy in salvation in Christ.  Let us provide healing that is needed in the world and model our lives after Christ.

(Reflection given by Jaime L. Waters in America)

Questions to ponder as you pray with today’s scripture:

Am I patient with myself and with others?

Do my actions bring joy to the world?

—Fr. Mike

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