Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas (St. Thomas Becket)

Today’s readings | St. Thomas Becket The birth of Christ in our world ought to mean something to us: the birth of Christ ought to mean a change in our attitudes and our behaviors and even in the course of our lives. Today is a commemoration of St. Thomas Becket, the archbishop of Canterbury who… Continue reading Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas (St. Thomas Becket)

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Today’s readings I always feel like it’s 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. As we… Continue reading The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

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 Saint John the Apostle and Evangelist, the one we celebrate today. Saint 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 Solemnity of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ: Mass During the Day

Today’s readings There’s a great commercial out that has three senior ladies talking. One of them, the hostess, has taped all kinds of photographs to her living room wall and says that it’s a really quick way to share these memories with her friends. Just like her car insurance; it only took 15 minutes to… Continue reading The Solemnity of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ: Mass During the Day

The Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ: Mass During the Night

Today’s readings http://www.npm.org/Chants/assets/xmasproclamation.mp3 It’s all about the zeal of the LORD of Hosts!  Because when you think about it, God doesn’t have to care about our welfare or our salvation. He’s God, he’s not in need of anyone or anything, because he is all-sufficient. He doesn’t need our love, he doesn’t need our praise, he doesn’t… Continue reading The Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ: Mass During the Night

The Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ: Christmas Vigil – Childrens Mass

In a town called Nazareth in Galilee, a long time ago, Mary lived with her parents, Joachim and Ann. Mary was only a young girl, maybe 14 years old. She came from a quiet little area of the world, and just looking at them, you’d have to say nothing about her family was very special.… Continue reading The Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ: Christmas Vigil – Childrens Mass

Monday of the Fourth Week of Advent: O King of All the Nations

Today’s readings We hear a similar song from Hannah and Mary today. In fact, some 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 Monday of the Fourth Week of Advent: O King of All the Nations

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Today’s readings Do you remember the best gift you ever got? What was it? Who gave it to you? How long did it last? Do you still have it? Every gift is a little different: some are big, some are small, some make a lasting impact, some are used up and soon forgotten. The best… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Thursday of the Third Week of Advent: O Sacred Lord

Today’s readings I love these late days of Advent. The expectation of the Savior is heightening, the time of deliverance is at hand, the Lord is near. During these days, we sing the “O Antiphons:” the call for Christ to come and visit us under his many titles. Yesterday was “O Sapientia” or “O Wisdom.”… Continue reading Thursday of the Third Week of Advent: O Sacred Lord

Advent Penance Service

Today’s readings: from the First Sunday of Advent The prophet Isaiah has a way with words, to say the least. The way that he expresses God’s word is almost irresistible. The first reading today is one that has really taken hold of me over the years. Back when I was in my first year of… Continue reading Advent Penance Service