2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time – The Greatest of All Virtues is Love

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivering his “I Have a Dream Speech” at the Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963. (National Archives ARC Identifier 542069)

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Isaiah 49:3, 5–6
January 19, 2020

Today’s reading from Isaiah is undoubtedly beautiful but is often considered confusing. Who is the servant? Is it Israel, Isaiah himself, or someone or something else? All these positions have their defenders. Yet I think we will see that the editors of the final version which we read have produced is something theologically profound and psychologically accurate.

This passage was composed by someone we have named Second Isaiah. He lived in Babylon at the end of the exile of the Jewish people around 540 BC. To be more precise the exile only ended for those who wished to end it. Babylon was conquered by Assyria and the new king, Cyrus, invited the Jews to return to Jerusalem and rebuild their country and temple. His reasoning was colonial. He wanted people indebted to him to be in charge of the locals, and be subservient to him. Enough Jews thought there was a higher force involved, accepted the invitation and returned.

We see the consequences with the beginning of this chapter:

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Florence McArdle

It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of Florence McArdle, a longtime parishioner.

Her wake will be held at the Cobble Hill Funeral Home at 171 Court Street (corner of Dean Street).

Visiting Hours will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2020 between the hours of 2:00 – 9:00 pm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, January 17th at St. Charles Borromeo Church at 19 Sidney Place at 10 am.

She will be buried at a later date in Ireland.

Baptism of the Lord – Fr. Smith Homily

Today’s passage does not answer my basic question about the Baptism of Jesus: “What is the difference between John’s baptism and Jesus’?”

There are hints of an answer, but I want clear and distinct ideas and I am not going to get them. What we want to know and what Jesus wants to tell us may not always be the same thing. So, let us try to see what Jesus wants us to know.   Continue reading “Baptism of the Lord – Fr. Smith Homily”

St. Charles’ Angels – Holy Communion at Home or in Hospital or Institution

“Jesus has made Himself the Bread of Life to give us life.”

— St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

As Eucharistic Ministers, we assist parish priests with the distribution of the Holy Communion.  We also bring Jesus Christ, in the form of the Holy Eucharist, to parishioners who are confined to their homes or in assisted living centers, or who are hospitalized or incapacitated in some way that renders them unable to attend Mass to receive their sacraments.

The mission of our Eucharistic Ministry is to serve as compassionate visitors, offering a pastoral link between the parish, the sick, and the homebound. If you, or a loved one, or someone you know is need of this ministry, please complete the form below or contact:

Kerin Coughlin
St. Charles Borromeo Church
31 Sidney Place
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Holy Communion at Home or in Hospital or Institution

Holy Communion at Home or in Hospital or Institution