"The harvest of justice is sown in peace by those who cultivate peace." These are the words of St. James. The work of peace requires cultivation. To reap justice and righteousness, we must sow, labor for, and grow peace. Fr. John has this message as we pray for our country on the eve the inauguration of the next president of the United States.
As we begin Ordinary Time and 2021, we start to think about this new year. As we do, let us give God a chance to speak to us as young Samuel did. Let us say quietly, as if waking during the night saying, "Speak, Lord, your servant is listening."
A divided nation needs a united church. A divided church needs a united Emmaus Pastorate. A united Emmaus Pastorate needs you; it needs all of us. Fr. John has more on the need to be a unified people in this homily from the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
Just like the magi left the little Lord Jesus "by a different way," so we must also come to him and leave by a different route. How can we encounter Christ, and not be changed in some way? Fr. John has all this and more in his homily from the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord Jesus Christ!
At the New Year, we're reminded that Mary "pondered all these things in her heart." How are you at pondering things in your heart? Do you rush to judgement and action, or do you reflect, question, and ponder first? What does it mean to ponder? Fr. John leads us through some pondering in his homily from the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God on January 1, 2021.
We all know that today's families aren't perfect, and neither was the Holy Family. But just like Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, our imperfection doesn't mean we can't be holy. What's a holy family look like today? Fr. John tells us more in his homily from the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!
On Christmas, we encounter a child. Typically, infants, children, even toddlers are silly and playful, really only needing care when hungry, soiled, or desiring attention. But this child, born of a virgin and conceived by the Holy Spirit, is a different child. And he wants our attention always. More importantly, WE need to pay him attention always. Fr. John has more in his homily from Christmas morning.
In this podcast, various musicians from the Emmaus Pastorate offer a selection of Christmas music for your enjoyment. We hope this brings you hope, peace, and joy during this unique Christmastide!
The Emmaus Pastorate is happy to provide our annual Gaudete Sunday musical reflection. Missing Andrew Lange due to COVID-19, John Uhal sings a new piece by Matthew West titled The Hope of Christmas. May it help us find the right voice and allow the Word to become flesh this Christmas!