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

Saturday of the Second Week of Advent

Today’s readings One of my favorite things about the season of Advent is the people we meet along the way.  In the early days of Advent we have celebrated the Immaculate Conception of Mary and we remember St. Juan Diego, St. John of the Cross, St. Lucy and St. Nicholas. We’ve been hearing from Isaiah all… Continue reading Saturday of the Second Week of Advent

Friday of the Second Week of Advent

Today’s readings One of the great obstacles to the spiritual life is when we come to believe that we ourselves have all the answers.  And there is a lot of that going around these days.  When it happens, we may be holding relative truth, even if we wouldn’t say that we do.   Or perhaps we insist on acting… Continue reading Friday of the Second Week of Advent

The Second Sunday of Advent

Today’s readings “Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight his paths!” Today’s Gospel reading is very interesting, I think. The beginning of the passage names important people at that particular time in Israel: Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate, Herod, Philip and Lysanias, and also the high priests: Annas and Caiaphas. Finally it names John the… Continue reading The Second Sunday of Advent

Thursday of the First Week of Advent

Today’s readings There’s an old saying that if you want to hear God laugh, just tell him your plans for the day.  And we know how true that is, don’t we?  How many times have we had a plan for the day, only to have it derailed by whatever circumstances come our way during the… Continue reading Thursday of the First Week of Advent

The First Sunday of Advent

Today’s readings Happy New Year! I know, as I say that, that we are still more than a month away from the end of the year.  But I also know that you know that I’m speaking of the new year of the Church.  Our Church Year begins anew on the First Sunday of Advent, that… Continue reading The First Sunday of Advent

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