Between Darkness and Light

Peace and all Good! The contrast between darkness and light, a favorite theme of John’s Gospel, sets the stage for today’s gospel of the man born blind. Rather than rejoicing that the blind man has been given the gift of sight, he is accused of sin as if he was to blame for his blindness […]

“Listen to Him.”

Dear Friends, Peace and all Good! Traditionally on this Second Sunday of Lent, we hear the story of the Transfiguration of Jesus. For Matthew’s Christian community, the setting on a high mountain, the presence of Moses, the overshadowing cloud and Jesus’ transfigured face and clothes would have reminded them of the images of Exodus 19-24—Moses […]

Jesus Was Victorious!

Traditionally on this First Sunday of Lent, we hear the story of Jesus being tempted in the desert. St. Matthew’s version today draws parallels between events in the life of Jesus and events in the Old Testament. He says that Jesus spent forty days and forty nights in the wilderness. The Jewish community at the […]

Pastor’s Lenten Video Reflection

Enjoy this Lenten reflection from our pastor, Fr. Vince Mesi, OFM, as he reflects on our Lenten Journey, beginning with Ash Wednesday and the many opportunities at Mission San Luis Rey Parish.

Embracing the Call to Holiness

In our reading from the Book of Leviticus today, God says: “Be holy, for I the Lord, your God, am holy.” If we were asked, every one of us could name someone who is holy. Maybe we think of one of the saints like Mother Teresa, or one of the martyrs who gave their very […]

Nothing Is More Useful

In today’s Gospel from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says that we are the salt of the earth and the light for the world. The second-century historian Pliny declared that nothing is more useful than salt or sunshine. Yet, if you can’t taste salt and if light cannot be seen, what good are they? […]

Jesus is the True Light

At first, this celebration may seem rather strange and out of sequence. We have long taken down the Christmas decorations and put away all the manger scenes. And we have been celebrating Ordinary Time in the Liturgy during which the adult Jesus has been baptized, begun his public ministry and called his first disciples. However, […]

The Shining Light of the Word of God

Today, the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Lectionary begins this year’s cycle of Sunday Gospel readings from Matthew. Note that John the Baptist, having been arrested, is no longer on the scene. This, in fact, signals to Jesus that the time for his public ministry is at hand. And so, Jesus “withdrew (literally “returned”) […]

Behold, the Lamb of God!

Peace and all Good! Last Sunday, we celebrated the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Today we read the evangelist John’s story of Christ’s baptism, told from the perspective of John the Baptist. Both the version of St. Matthew and St. John describe the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus. For John the […]

Welcome to God’s Family

With today’s Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, our celebration of the Christmas Season comes to a close. I know we will all be sad to see all those beautiful poinsettias gone and our magnificent Nativity Scene taken down and stored away until next year. However, we have been truly blessed during this beautiful […]