ALL THAT IS GOLD… – The Annunciation and the Lord of the Rings

Homily – 4th Sunday of Advent
The Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary

How does a poem by J.R.R. Tolkien, featured in “The Fellowship of the Ring” (Book 1 of “The Lord of the Rings”) reflect the same sentiment expressed by the Angel Gabriel during the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary?

In his Homily, Fr. Bill discusses an often overlooked detail in the Annunciation to Mary, it’s relation to the Annunciation to Zechariah immediately preceding it, and how Tolkien’s Catholicism was worked into his storytelling of the redemption of Middle Earth.

THE MANY FACES OF ADVENT

Homily for for the First Sunday of Advent, 2020
(no that is not a typo)

Advent begins the new Year of Our Lord, opens with the theme of the Advent of Christ’s Return in Glory and concludes with the preparation to celebrate the Incarnation. How can we observe this busy, “holiday” season, as Catholic Christians, not diving into Christmas until we have celebrated the many facets and faces of the Advent Season?

ADVENT – and the need for Repentance

“Dismay Before Comfort”
Homily – 2nd Sunday of Advent (B)

John the Baptist calls his people to “Prepare the way of the Lord.”  Isaiah speaks of “Comfort” but only after the people have paid “double” for their sins.  How do we reconcile the purpose of religion with the popular misconception that Christianity is there to give Comfort?

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Scripture Reflection
“Comfort With A Catch”

Scripture Reflection on Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11