The Holy Family

Today’s readings My spiritual director in seminary used to say that family could be the source of our greatest joys and deepest sorrows. Sometimes all in the same day. That’s just how families are. Our closeness, at least by blood relation, doesn’t always assure that we will be well-functioning. There are all sorts of families… Continue reading The Holy Family

The Holy Innocents

Today’s readings Right here in the middle of the joy of the Christmas Octave, we have the feast of what seems to be an incredibly horrible event. All of the male children in the vicinity of Bethlehem two years old and younger are murdered by the jealous and, quite frankly, rather pathetic Herod. But not… Continue reading The Holy Innocents

St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

Today’s readings | Today’s saint “He saw and believed.” The “other” disciple, often called the “beloved” disciple or the disciple “whom Jesus loved,” is St. John the Apostle and Evangelist, the one we celebrate today. St. John had a very special relationship with Christ. He wasn’t as zealous and boisterous as Peter could be, but… Continue reading St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

The Nativity of the Lord

Various readings for Mass The older I get, the more I become convinced that every Christmas has its own flavor, and every Christmas comes with its own gifts. Not the kinds of gifts you wrap and put under the tree, but the kinds of gifts that fill your heart and give you the grace to… Continue reading The Nativity of the Lord

Fourth Sunday of Advent: O Emmanuel

Today’s readings How often have you wondered why God allows this or that calamity to happen, or why God hasn’t put an end to one injustice or another? When you’re in the thick of frustration, or even sorrow, do you question why a loving God wouldn’t put an end to all of that? Do you… Continue reading Fourth Sunday of Advent: O Emmanuel

Saturday of the Third Week of Lent: O King of all the Nations

Today’s readings We hear a similar song from Hannah and Mary today. In fact, many Biblical scholars suggest that the song of Mary we heard in today’s Gospel is a restatement of the song of Hannah that we have in today’s psalm. Whether or not that is true, it is clear that both women give… Continue reading Saturday of the Third Week of Lent: O King of all the Nations

O Oriens (O Radiant Dawn)

Vespers O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come, shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death. Hymnody O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer Our spirits by Thine advent here; Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, And death’s dark shadows put to flight. Sacred Scripture Stop passing… Continue reading O Oriens (O Radiant Dawn)

Thursday of the Third Week of Advent: O Key of David

Today’s readings We humans put up all sorts of barriers. Some are necessary, like the walls of prisons, or the sound barriers along a highway. Some are sad, like the old wall that used to separate East and West Germany. Others are exasperating, like the wall along the frontier into Mexico. The physical barriers that… Continue reading Thursday of the Third Week of Advent: O Key of David