St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

John the Baptist was in a dudgeon. His thoughts became as dark as the cell he was in. He wondered if he had fulfilled his mission of preparing the way for the coming Messiah. He found himself more than a little confused by his cousin Jesus who had come to him in the wilderness asking for his baptism of repentance. Moreover, John thought the Messiah would be an avenging servant of God, baptizing with the Spirit and with fire, a winnowing fan in his hand, clearing his threshing floor and burning the chaff with unquenchable fire.

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3rd Sunday of Advent, Year A, 2016

John the Baptist was in a dudgeon. His thoughts became as dark as the cell he was in. He wondered if he had fulfilled his mission of preparing the way for the coming Messiah. He found himself more than a little confused by his cousin Jesus who had come to him in the wilderness asking for his baptism of repentance. Moreover, John thought the Messiah would be an avenging servant of God, baptizing with the Spirit and with fire, a winnowing fan in his hand, clearing his threshing floor and burning the chaff with unquenchable fire.

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Christmas

Many, many years ago Art Linkletter (you have to be of a certain age to remember him) had a TV show which gave birth to a book called, Kids Say the Darndest Things. And they do. One grandfather told me of his grandson’s coming to church with his mother and asking where Jesus was. She was patiently explaining about Jesus’ presence in the tabernacle when the child exclaimed’ “There he is,” pointing to the crucifix suspended over the altar, “on the trapeze”. Bil Keane, author of The Family Circus, one time drew a cartoon in which one of the children, I believe it was Billy, was pointing to a picture of Jesus in the manger and saying: “Look at this one, Mommy! Baby Jesus/ in a nest!”

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1st Sunday of Advent, A16

The craziness of Black Friday (which has been going for at least three weeks with pre-Black Friday sales) and tomorrow’s Cyber Monday, the endless catalogues and inserts in our daily paper, and the non-stop advertising on TV, radio, and billboards, all pound into our consciousness what the commercial Christmas should look like. But rather than waiting for a deluge of gifts delivered by Santa Claus or relatives, what Christian believers are waiting for and anticipating is something very different.

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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, C, 2016

I have to congratulate the Chicago Cubs fans for finally breaking the curse of the goat and all the failures in the World Series since 1908. Of course they had to have some help of former Red Sox players: Jon Lester and David Ross; and most importantly Theo Epstein as president of baseball operations.

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