Sunday Reflections from the C.PP.S.

C.PP.S. Members share their reflections on Sunday readings

The Beginning of Belief

By Br. Matt Schaefer, C.PP.S. "...And his disciples began to believe him."  A simple statement at the end of a straightforward and familiar story. But this nascent belief, as unsteady as a toddler's first steps, started a movement. It was enough to keep these first...

You are God’s Beloved

Here is my chosen one with whom I am well pleased. (Isaiah 42:1) You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased. (Luke 3:22) By Fr. Steve Dos Santos, C.PP.S. While the words cited above refer to and were spoken to Jesus specifically, our faith tells us that they...

God, What Are You Thinking?

By Brother Brian Boyle, C.PP.S. “When I get out of the Catholic Theological Union, I am going to do . . . “When I get definitively incorporated and then ordained, I am going to . . . ” My confreres, classmates and I commonly used statements like these during...

A Time to Take in the Wonder

By the V. Rev. Jeffrey Kirch, C.PP.S. Christmas time is packed full of celebrations, parties, get-togethers, dinners, and of course all kinds of events at your parish, such as reconciliation services, Christmas concerts, and lots of Masses! Each of these events are...

Qualities of a Holy Family

By Fr. Angelo Anthony, C.PP.S. Today we move quickly from the story of Christmas to Jesus at 12 years of age. We do not know much about the early years of Jesus’ life, so today’s Gospel gives us an unusual glimpse into his family life.  Luke tells us that the Holy...

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

By Fr. Tim McFarland, C.PP.S. Merry Christmas! Christmas usually brings a flood of memories from our past as we often look back with warm recollections of family gatherings, special foods, gifts being opened, and meals shared with family.  The scripture readings for...

A Mother’s Love

By Fr. Tony Fortman, C.PP.S. We draw ever closer to Christmas. In today’s Gospel we envision Mary’s visitation to her cousin Elizabeth. Mary is three months pregnant with baby Jesus and her cousin Elizabeth is six months pregnant with her baby, John the Baptist. These...

A Season of Hope and Joy

By Fr. Harry Brown, C.PP.S. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say rejoice.” Rejoice, because we Christians know to whom we should turn for true joy. St. Paul in his letter to the Philippians gives us a crash course in our preparation for Christmas. He was sitting...

Rejoice! Do Justice!

Taken together, our readings on this second Sunday of Advent are a call to rejoice in what God is doing, but are also a challenge for us to do our part. We are not just to rejoice and wait for God to do God’s thing. We are to rejoice and spend time and effort in making the Kingdom of God a reality in our own lives and in the world today.

The Authority of the Word

Mathew 8:5-11 By Fr. Bill Nordenbrock, C.PP.S. The Gospel reading from St. Mathew today has me reflecting on the nature of authority. It is not my favorite topic because I can remember different occasions when I have been accused of having a problem with authority....

“This Is Advent!”

God breaks into our lives and our worlds, regardless of how cleaned-up we are, or maybe precisely when we are not cleaned up. The power and glory of our God breaks into history in the birth of Jesus. The power and glory of God brings forth new life in our world and our lives. This season of Advent invites us to slow down and pause, to sit down and be attentive, and to stand up and raise our heads to see that God our justice is at hand. God our redemption is at hand. In the voice of two little children, loudly and proudly imitating the voice of a station announcer, “This is Advent! This is Advent!”

Is Christ the Lord of My Life?

The annual celebration of the Feast of Christ the King often has a triumphal ring to it. Jesus is given dominion and kingship by the Father because the Lord “loves us and frees us from our sins by his blood.” This year’s celebration, however, is muted by scandals...

Do You Have a Reservation?

Thanksgiving is here—be thankful that Jesus has offered himself to save us. What do you need to do in your life to make sure you have a reservation, that your name is written in the book of life?

Our Actions Show Our Allegiance

1 Kings 17:10-16 Hebrews 9:24-28 Mark 12:38-44 By Brother Brian Boyle, C.PP.S. Walter Payton. The Chicago Bears. The person and the professional football franchise are inseparable. Walter Payton played running back for the Chicago Bears from 1974–87. I could share...