The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Adventskranz 4. 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 gifts, I think, are those… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Advent

O Wisdom

Today’s readings Mass for the school children. Did you hear that? That was quite a list of names, wasn’t it? It always strikes me that this list of characters, which is basically the human family tree of our Lord, is so much like any of our families’ history. This is a list of forty-two generations… Continue reading O Wisdom

Tuesday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time

Chefs at a cooking competition (Food and Drink) chefs,competition,cooking,kitchen,preparation,gourmet,culinary

Today’s readings One of the television shows that I like to watch sometimes is called “Chopped” on the Food Network.  If you’ve ever watched the Food Network, you’ve probably seen it because they seem to run it about 18 hours out of the day.  On this show, they start with four chefs, and they give them a… Continue reading Tuesday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings One of the television shows that I like to watch sometimes is called “Chopped” on the Food Network.  If you’ve ever watched the Food Network, you’ve probably seen it because they seem to run it about 18 hours out of the day.  On this show, they start with four chefs, and they give them a… Continue reading Tuesday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Prevenient Grace

Today’s readings I love that the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated during the season of Advent.  Advent is a season of anticipation: God’s promises echo through the Old Testament, and in these Advent days, we see those promises coming to fruition in exciting and world-changing ways.  Today’s feast is a glorious glimpse of… Continue reading The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Prevenient Grace

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today’s readingsSchool Mass I think we’re so blessed that we get to come to church and celebrate so many of Mary’s feasts.  Today is a very special feast because Mary, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, is the patroness of the United States of America, and also the patroness of our parish, and so she is… Continue reading The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Second Sunday of Advent: Be Reconciled

2. Advent

Today’s readings This week, I looked back in my homilies to the one I did a few years ago on this Sunday, and I had to chuckle just a little bit.  I talked about the fact that it’s hard to listen to the news in those days.  Ha!  There was sure some sadness in those days: unrest in… Continue reading The Second Sunday of Advent: Be Reconciled

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 up as… Continue reading O Root of Jesse

O Wisdom

Today’s readings That was quite a list of names, wasn’t it?  It always strikes me that this list of characters, which is basically the human family tree of our Lord, is so much like any of our families’ history.  Forty-two generations of the pilgrim people Israel led by people of greatness, and, well, people of… Continue reading O Wisdom

Monday of the Third Week of Advent

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 Monday of the Third Week of Advent