The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Today's readings From the first time I came here to St. Raphael's, my favorite piece of artwork was this, the statue of the Holy Family. The figures looked so real and compassionate. I loved that Joseph has the scroll of the Law, since he would have been the one to teach the Law to his… Continue reading The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas

Today's readings | (St. Thomas Becket) The birth of Christ in our world ought to mean something to us. I mean, of course, it ought to mean something more than rich food and brightly wrapped gifts (although there's nothing wrong with those!). The birth of Christ ought to mean a change in our attitudes and… Continue reading The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas

Feast of the Holy Innocents

Today’s readings | Today’s feast (more) On the face of it, this is just a horrible feast. The slaughter of many innocent children is a stark and frightening juxtaposition to the joy and glory of the Christmas Octave. The numbers of children actually murdered is variously estimated. Early estimates were in the thousands, but more… Continue reading Feast of the Holy Innocents

The Nativity of the Lord

Today (tonight), we gather to celebrate that GOD KEEPS HIS PROMISES. God promises us salvation. Even though we were lost, having wandered far away from our God, preferring to pursue our own bleak interests and passions, even though we had turned away from the One who formed us and gave us his very breath that… Continue reading The Nativity of the Lord

Whether Santa Claus Exists?

Feeling kinda scroogey? This will put it all in perspective for you. The ancient question of the existence of Santa Claus is settled by the Angelic Doctor, St. Thomas Aquinas. I had no idea he had addressed the topic. Then again, he did write on just about everything before calling it all so much straw…… Continue reading Whether Santa Claus Exists?

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Today’s readings I don’t know about how it’s been for you, but this has been kind of a strange Advent for me. I suppose some of that is because, being newly ordained, I am taking a new role in all the celebrations of the season. But that’s not it entirely, I don’t think. Advent began… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Advent

O Emmanuel

Today’s Readings O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver, desire of the nations, Savior of all people, come and set us free, Lord our God. The greatest title of our Lord, the reason for our celebration of Advent and Christmas, is today’s antiphon, “O Emmanuel.” Emmanuel, as we well know, means “God is with us” and this… Continue reading O Emmanuel

O Key of David

Today’s readings O Key of David, O royal Power of Israel controlling at your will the gate of heaven: come, break down the prison walls of death for those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death; and lead your captive people into freedom. The one with the keys has power, as well as… Continue reading O Key of David

O Sacred Lord

Today's readings During the last days of Advent, from the 17th of December until Christmas Eve, we celebrate a very holy and sacred time. During this time our expectation of the Lord's return increases and we turn up the heat, as it were, on our call to repentance and renewal. Each of those days we… Continue reading O Sacred Lord

Third Sunday of Advent: Rejoice in God’s Promise of Renewal

Today’s readings Today’s Scripture readings remind me of some kind of street festival with all of God’s faithful people shouting in praise. Just listen to some of the exclamations we hear today: “Gaudete! Rejoice!” This third Sunday of Advent has traditionally been called Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete is the Latin for the very first word in… Continue reading Third Sunday of Advent: Rejoice in God’s Promise of Renewal