The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Today’s readings One of the ways that I think we come to know about ourselves and our families, is the shared memories and stories that our parents and senior members of our families share with us over time.  I always enjoyed hearing stories from my grandparents about Mom and Dad, and my aunts and uncles,… Continue reading The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Holy Mother of God

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 of this year and the beginning of the year to come. In the reading from the… Continue reading Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Today’s readings One of the great snapshots of Christmas for me has always been the manger scene.  Ours is a bit banged up and the worse for wear, but it still gives us a glimpse as to what God is doing at the Incarnation of Christ – an amazing moment in time!  The centerpiece of… Continue reading The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

The Holy Innocents, Martyrs

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, Martyrs

The Nativity of the Lord: Mass During the Night and During the Day

This is an absolutely incredible time of year.  We come together tonight (today) in a beautifully decorated and lighted church.  We hear the most wonderful carols and hymns that our choir has worked on for the better part of the fall.  The homes around us are decked out in their Christmas finery, brightly illuminating the… Continue reading The Nativity of the Lord: Mass During the Night and During the Day

The Nativity of the Lord: Vigil Mass

Today’s readings Mass for the children: Once upon a time, there was an old shepherd named Elias.  He had been a shepherd for his whole life long, just like his father, and his father’s father.  Being a shepherd was hard and lonely work.  He took care of a large group of sheep and did his… Continue reading The Nativity of the Lord: Vigil Mass

Fourth Sunday of Advent: O Come, Divine Messiah

Today’s readings O Come, Divine Messiah One of the great parts of Advent for me is the sensory experience of it.  You could point to the smell of Christmas cookies baking in the oven, the sight of houses on the street at night glowing with their Christmas lights.  But another big one is sound, and… Continue reading Fourth Sunday of Advent: O Come, Divine Messiah

Advent Penance Service

Today’s readings: Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26; Matthew 5:13-16 As joyful as this season is supposed to be, it can be so hard for so many people.  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… Continue reading Advent Penance Service

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 O Key of David

Monday of the Third Week of Advent: O Wisdom

Today’s readings That was quite a list of names, wasn’t it?  Forty-two generations of the pilgrim people Israel led by some real characters.  Some of them were heroic like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Judah and to some extent David and Solomon.  But some of them were pretty wicked, especially Manasseh, whose wickedness in shedding innocent… Continue reading Monday of the Third Week of Advent: O Wisdom