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. These beautiful figurines give us a glimpse as to what God is doing at the Incarnation of Christ – an amazing moment in time! The centerpiece of the manger, of course, is the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary… Continue reading The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

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

Readings of Christmas: Mass during the Night | Mass During the Day I was thinking over the last few days about some of my Christmases past. I was trying to see if I could remember the gifts I had been given as a child. As hard as I tried, I couldn’t remember them specifically, but… Continue reading The Nativity of the Lord: Mass during the Night and Mass During the Day

The Nativity of the Lord: Vigil Mass

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

O Emmanuel

Today’s Readings Today’s Liturgy has us on the edge of our seats: “Lift up your heads and see; your redemption is near at hand.” So says the psalmist today and all indications are that that psalmist is absolutely right! Even the last-minute shoppers are starting to panic, there’s only one door left on the Advent… Continue reading O Emmanuel

O Radiant Dawn

Today’s readings There’s a little more light today.  As we get toward these last days of Advent, we find ourselves in a time when more light is beginning to shine.  All of the candles on our Advent wreath are lit, and the only thing that can make it brighter is the coming of our God… Continue reading O Radiant Dawn

Thursday 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 Thursday of the Third Week of Advent: O Wisdom

Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

While he was still a catechumen, St. Ambrose was chosen as bishop of Milan and was consecrated on December 7, 374. Ambrose was a classically educated man, a revered Scripture Scholar and a solid preacher. It is his preaching that in some ways influenced St. Augustine to convert to Catholicism, and it was Ambrose who… Continue reading Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent

Today’s readings One of the television shows that I liked to watch is called “Chopped” on the Food Network. On this show, they start with four chefs, and they give them a basket of really different ingredients, all of which they have to use, to make either an appetizer, main dish, or dessert, depending on… Continue reading Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent

Saint John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church

Today’s readings The whole progression of Advent is one that has always captured my imagination. I see Advent as a kind of dawning of a new day. Just as the day doesn’t come all at once, so Advent progresses and we see the coming of Jesus ever more gradually as we participate in each day’s… Continue reading Saint John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church

Third Sunday of Advent: Anointing of the Sick During Mass

Today’s Readings Today’s readings and liturgy call us to rejoice.  That’s the reason for the rose-colored vestments and the more joyful tone of today’s readings.  This is called Gaudete Sunday: gaudete being Latin for “rejoice,” the first word of today’s introit or proper entrance antiphon which says: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say,… Continue reading Third Sunday of Advent: Anointing of the Sick During Mass