The Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas

Today’s readings Our Liturgy today gives us some appropriate readings for the last day of our calendar year.  We have the end and the beginning in the Scriptures, just as our minds and hearts are reflecting on the end and the beginning of our year. In the reading from the first letter of Saint John,… Continue reading The Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas

Saint John, Apostle and evangelist

Today’s readings “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 he had a… Continue reading Saint John, Apostle and evangelist

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Today’s readings It’s certainly appropriate that we celebrate the Holy Family today, just one day 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 the point of being part of a human family.  So we… Continue reading The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

The Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord

Mass at Midnight and During the Day Midnight readings | During the Day readings 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… Continue reading The Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord

The Nativity of the Lord (Vigil)

Today’s readings I want you to think about the best gift you ever received – what was it?  How did you feel when you opened it?  Were you surprised?  Were you happy because the gift showed you how much the person giving it to you loved you? Because that’s what Christmas is all about: it’s… Continue reading The Nativity of the Lord (Vigil)

Monday of the Fourth 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. Others are sad, like the old wall that used to separate East and West Germany.   The physical barriers that we accept every day keep us safe and warm, define our… Continue reading Monday of the Fourth Week of Advent: O Key of David

Advent Penance Service

Readings: Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26 and Matthew 5:13-16 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… Continue reading Advent Penance Service

Saint John of the Cross, priest and doctor of the Church

Today’s readings A long time ago now, someone once gave my family an ornament for our Christmas tree. It was very curious: basically just a large nail hung from a green ribbon. You probably already know the significance of the nail: when looking at the manger, we remember the cross. When gazing on the Christmas… Continue reading Saint John of the Cross, priest and doctor of the Church

Saint Lucy, virgin and martyr

Today’s readings In every age, young people have the difficult task of remaining pure.  This was true of Saint Lucy, who desired to remain pure because of her commitment to Christ.  She was born of noble parents in Sicily around the year 283. Her father died early in her life, and so she was dependent… Continue reading Saint Lucy, virgin and martyr

Saturday of the Second Week of Advent

Today’s readings One of my favorite things about the season of Advent is the people we meet along the way.  This week we had a celebration of Mary’s Immaculate Conception as well as a visit from Saint Nicholas.  Next week we’ll get to meet Saint Lucy and John of the Cross.  Today’s Scriptures introduce us… Continue reading Saturday of the Second Week of Advent