St. John The Baptist

A message from Father Mark

A message from Father Mark

March 14th- 4th Sunday of Lent

Posted by Jamie Sandona on 3/11/21

4TH SUNDAY OF LENT  B

Here in the middle of Lent, we could sure use some joy.  I think that’s why, centuries ago, someone thought it would be a good idea to call today Laetare Sunday.  In Latin, Laetare means, to rejoice.  So today is, Rejoice Sunday.  And what ... Read More »

March 7, 2021 3rd Week of Lent

Posted by Jamie Sandona on 3/11/21

3RD SUNDAY OF LENT  B

Today we see Jesus arriving in Jerusalem for the Passover.  He walks into the Temple and gets angry.  The important piece is not that Jesus gets angry really, but why he gets angry.  And he’s angry because he finds that the Temple has been ... Read More »

February 28, 2021

Posted by Jamie Sandona on 2/26/21

2ND SUNDAY OF LENT  B

          Has God ever told you something you didn’t want to hear?  That happened to the disciples on more than one occasion.

          The Jewish people at the time to Jesus were waiting for the Messiah; an anointed leader, sent by God to deliver ... Read More »

February 7, 2021

Posted by Jamie Sandona on 2/02/21

4TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR  B

One key word that’s used throughout the gospel of Mark is repent.  We usually understand that word in the sense of turning away from sin.  And that is certainly one of the ways that it can be understood.

However, St Mark also uses ... Read More »

January 24, 2021

Posted by Jamie Sandona on 1/22/21

3RD SUNDAY OF THE YEAR  B

The fishermen; Simon, Andrew, James, and John were casting a net into the sea.  Day after day it was the same routine; same sea, same net, same boat.  Day after day it was wind, water, fish, and sore muscles.  They had watched their ... Read More »

Baptism of the Lord

Posted by Jamie Sandona on 1/11/21

BAPTISM OF THE LORD  B

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord challenges us to think about what it means to say I am baptized…what it means to believe…what it means to be marked with the cross of Christ forever.

Sadly, I fear that we’ve lost an appreciation ... Read More »

Epiphany 2021

Posted by Jamie Sandona on 1/04/21

EPIPHANY 2021

          Rise in splendor, Isaiah calls out to the people of Israel, your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you.  This is a wake-up call, spoken to the people of God who might have wanted to pull the covers back over their heads ... Read More »

December 20, 2020

Posted by Jamie Sandona on 12/17/20

4 TH SUNDAY OF ADVENT BDo not be afraid Mary, for you have found favor with God.I wonder if Mary thought of that greeting as she stood at the foot of the crossand reflected on the pain she had felt throughout her life. If I’m so highly favoredby God, ... Read More »

December 13,2020

Posted by Jamie Sandona on 12/10/20

3RD SUNDAY OF ADVENT  B

Rejoice always!  On the Sunday that we light our joy candle, our readings remind us – St Paul goes so far as to command us – to rejoice…always.  Whenever I hear those words anymore, I have to confess that my immediate response is kind ... Read More »

2nd Sunday of Advent December 6, 2020

Posted by Jamie Sandona on 12/04/20

2ND SUNDAY OF ADVENT  B

          Christmas has become a time for feasting and family, parties and friends, gift-giving and child-like magic, Santa Claus and Rudolf, angels and wise men, decorated trees and caroling choirs.  Like most of human life, it’s a wonderful mix of the Holy and the ... Read More »

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