The Baptism of Our Lord

Today’s readings Sadly, friends, today is the last day of the Christmas Season.  Now, the rest of society may have tossed out the Christmas trees over a week ago, and taken down the festive decorations, but not us.  What a wonderful gift we have as Catholics to celebrate the birth of our Lord for an extended period… Continue reading The Baptism of Our Lord

Friday after Epiphany

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Today’s readingsThis was for the school children. How many of you have already taken down your Christmas decorations?  I think probably a lot of people have done that.  Probably if you go to some of the stores, you’ll see Valentine’s day decorations and candy for sale.  In our world, we always want to move on to the next… Continue reading Friday after Epiphany

The Epiphany of the Lord

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Today’s readings See, darkness covers the earth,and thick clouds cover the peoples. Barbara had a real problem dealing with Christmas this year.  The bright lights and the festive decorations were all reminders to her of the joy she should feel this time of year, but could not bring herself to actually experience.  Whenever she had a quiet… Continue reading The Epiphany of the Lord

The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God (Vigil Mass)

Today’s readings Sometimes we get an awful lot of information to process.  On this, the last evening of the auspicious year of 2020, there’s a lot I could say about all that we’ve been through, more or less together (although certainly socially distanced) this year.  So much of our attention has been, deservedly, focused on the COVID-19… Continue reading The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God (Vigil Mass)

The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas (Saint Thomas Becket)

Portrait of St. Thomas Becket, reassembled from fragments by Samuel Caldwell Jr in 1919. Becket Window 1 (n. VII) in the north aisle of the Trinity Chapel, Canterbury Cathedral.

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 Saint Thomas Becket, the archbishop of Canterbury who ultimately lost his life… Continue reading The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas (Saint Thomas Becket)

The Nativity of the Lord – Mass During the Night & Mass During the Day

Today’s readings We settle for mediocrity way too easily sometimes, I think.  In some ways, I think, it just seems easier.  But in accepting mediocrity, we miss out on the greatness for which our God created us.  All of the “stuff” that we have to have or get to give at this time of year is an example… Continue reading The Nativity of the Lord – Mass During the Night & Mass During the Day

The Nativity of the Lord – Vigil Mass (Saint Joseph’s Story)

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 Joseph himself was not a great king.  No, he was a humble man, a carpenter, who worked hard and loved God. Joseph was to be married to a… Continue reading The Nativity of the Lord – Vigil Mass (Saint Joseph’s Story)

The Presentation of the Lord

Today’s readings Who is this king of glory?The Lord of hosts; he is the king of glory. Today we celebrate the traditional end of the Christmas season with this feast of the Presentation of the Lord.  The current liturgical end of the Christmas season was back on January 12th, the feast of the Baptism of the Lord.  But the… Continue reading The Presentation of the Lord

The Baptism of Our Lord

Today’s readings I think we have to be a little bit careful about how we read and hear today’s readings.  We’re still in the Christmas season – at the end of it, actually – and, more precisely, we’re at the octave day of the Epiphany of the Lord, which we celebrated last week, in which we… Continue reading The Baptism of Our Lord

Friday after Epiphany

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Today’s readings Today, as we continue to celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord, we see another Epiphany, another manifestation of our Lord.  Each of these manifestations tells us a little more about who Jesus is and what he came to do in our world.  Today we see Jesus manifested as healer. “Lord, if you wish, you can… Continue reading Friday after Epiphany