Mary, the Mother of God

Today’s readings My mother has a lot of stories about me as I was growing up.  Some of them are funny or interesting, others are just a little painful or embarrassing.  I suspect your mother has or had stories like that about you too.  Maybe they are funny or maybe they are sad, but these… Continue reading Mary, the Mother of God

Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas

Today’s readings What did you get for Christmas?  Was it everything you’d hoped for?  Perhaps you, like me, are at the stage where the gifts are nice, but being together at Christmas is the real gift.  Today’s first reading is exhorting us to something similar.  While the rest of the world waits in line for… Continue reading Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas

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

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Today’s readings It’s certainly appropriate that we celebrate the Holy Family today, just a few days after Christmas.  This feast helps to underscore that Jesus came to live among us in a very ordinary way: by taking flesh and becoming one of us, even to being part of a family.  So we look on the… Continue reading The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

St. Stephen, Deacon & Martyr

Today’s readings St. Stephen was one of the first deacons of the Church, chosen to aid in the distribution of food to those in need, so that the Apostles could continue their work.  He was a man who was filled with the Holy Spirit, and was unafraid to speak the truth.  And that, of course,… Continue reading St. Stephen, Deacon & Martyr

The Nativity of the Lord: Mass During the Day

Today’s readings All during Advent, we have been yearning for the light.  Advent reminds us that the world can sometimes be a very dark place, that war and terrorism and crime and disease and sin and death can really give us a beating, that very often we experience life much differently than God intended us… Continue reading The Nativity of the Lord: Mass During the Day

The Nativity of the Lord (Vigil Mass): Joseph’s Story

Today’s readings Once, a very long time ago, there was a man named Joseph.  He was a well-respected and hard-working man, from the family of the great king David.  But since Israel hadn’t been a great nation in a long time, he wasn’t respected for being a great king himself.  Instead, people respected him for… Continue reading The Nativity of the Lord (Vigil Mass): Joseph’s Story

Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Advent: O Emmanuel

Today’s readings Today’s Liturgy has us on the edge of our seats.  As tomorrow’s night turns to day, our salvation will be closer at hand than ever.  Our Savior Jesus Christ, the promise of the ages, will be born to us as one like ourselves.  “And suddenly there will come to the temple, the LORD… Continue reading Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Advent: O Emmanuel

Advent Penance Service

I know a lot of people who get depressed this time of year.  Probably you do too.  Many people are missing loved ones who are far away from home, or who have passed away.  Some of my friends have a touch of seasonal affective disorder, and so they are depressed when we don’t see the… Continue reading Advent Penance Service

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent: Come, 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 Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent: Come, O King of all the Nations