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, shortly after Christmas.  This feast helps to underscore that Jesus came to live among us in a very familiar way: by taking flesh and becoming one of us, even being part of a family.  As we praise the Holy Family… Continue reading The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Saint Thomas Becket: Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas

Today’s readings 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 ultimately lost his life… Continue reading Saint Thomas Becket: Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas

Saint Stephen, First Martyr

Today’s readings Saint 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 Saint Stephen, First Martyr

The Nativity of the Lord: At the Mass During the Day

Today’s readings A few years back, there was 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… Continue reading The Nativity of the Lord: At the Mass During the Day

The Nativity of the Lord: At the Mass During the Night

Today’s readings 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 Nativity of the Lord: At the Mass During the Night

The Nativity of the Lord: At the Vigil Mass

Today’s readings Children/Family 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… Continue reading The Nativity of the Lord: At the Vigil Mass

Advent Penance Service

Today’s readings: Malachi 3:1-7a | Matthew 3:1-12 This evening, as we prepare for Christmas, we have some powerful images to guide us.  The first is the image of burning up what doesn’t belong here, as we have seen in our readings.  the prophet Malachi warns of the LORD who will come as a refining fire,… Continue reading Advent Penance Service

Thursday of the Third Week of Advent: O Oriens

Today’s readings As I’ve preached earlier this week, in these last days of Advent, we are praying the “O Antiphons” in the Liturgy, and especially in Evening Prayer.  The O Antiphons are the various titles of Jesus as given to us in Sacred Scripture, and they manifest our longing for the appearance of Christ.  Today… Continue reading Thursday of the Third Week of Advent: O Oriens

Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent: O Root of Jesse

Today’s readings In these late days of Advent, we pray the “O Antiphons.” These antiphons are the various titles of Jesus as found in Scripture. Today’s antiphon is “O Root of Jesse” and it is found as the antiphon for the Canticle of Mary in Vespers: “O Flower of Jesse’s stem, you have been raised… Continue reading Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent: O Root of Jesse

The Third Sunday of Advent

Today’s readings Today is Gaudete Sunday.  Gaudete is Latin for “rejoice,” reflecting the first word of the entrance antiphon for today which says, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice.  Indeed, the Lord is near.”  On this Sunday, we take a break from the somber tones of purple and put on the more festive color rose… Continue reading The Third Sunday of Advent