The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Today’s readings Today, on the octave day of Christmas, which we still celebrate as Christmas Day, we are blessed to remember the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Holy Mother of God. We do this because we all know that Mary’s faith made possible our own lives of faith and even more wonderfully made possible the salvation… Continue reading The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Thursday Within the Octave of Christmas

Today’s readings What did you get for Christmas?  Was it everything you’d hoped for?  Or are you at that stage of life where gifts are nice, but you really don’t need anything special?  A lot of my family has come to that point, because we’re at that point where the gifts aren’t so important as… Continue reading Thursday Within 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. These beautiful figurines give us a glimpse as to what God is doing at the Incarnation of Christ – an amazing moment in time!  But I am aware that the idyllic holiness, peace and love the crèche depicts… Continue reading The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

The Nativity of the Lord: Mass During the Day

Today’s readings What came to be through him was life,        and this life was the light of the human race;    the light shines in the darkness,        and the darkness has not overcome it. Sometimes, when I am preaching at a reconciliation service for children, I will ask how many of them are, or ever have… Continue reading The Nativity of the Lord: Mass During the Day

The Nativity of the Lord: Mass During the Night

Today’s readings The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom       a light has shone. Sometimes, when I am preaching at a reconciliation service for children, I will ask how many of them are, or ever have been, afraid of the dark.  I… Continue reading The Nativity of the Lord: Mass During the Night

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent: 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 Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent: O Radiant Dawn

Fourth Sunday of Advent: O Root of Jesse

For the Simbang Gabi Mass for the Filipino CommunityToday’s Readings Hopelessly insignificant.  That’s what they are.  Bethlehem-Ephratha; the tiniest region of a tiny nation – almost too small to be among the clans of Judah.  Elizabeth: an old, childless woman, whose hope of progeny has all but dried up, and whose aged husband left her for days at… Continue reading Fourth Sunday of Advent: O Root of Jesse

Friday of the Third Week of Advent: O Wisdom

Today’s readings I can’t believe it but Christmas is only just eight days away now! I know everyone is so busy writing letters to Santa, being good so they don’t get on the “naughty” list, wrapping Christmas presents for their parents, and baking cookies for Father Pat!  But before we do all that, our Church asks… Continue reading Friday of the Third Week of Advent: O Wisdom

Thursday of the Third Week of Advent

Today’s readings There’s a parenthetical sentence that comes right at the end of today’s Gospel reading that really ought to give us pause.  Once again, it says this: (All the people who listened, including the tax collectors,who were baptized with the baptism of John,acknowledged the righteousness of God;but the Pharisees and scholars of the law,who… Continue reading Thursday of the Third Week of Advent

The Third Sunday of Advent

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, rejoice.  Indeed the… Continue reading The Third Sunday of Advent

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