The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

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Today’s readings What wonderful words we have in today’s Gospel to close out the Christmas season: “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well-pleased.” We have come a long way since December the 25th.  Jesus, the Son of God, has become the son of Mary, and has consecrated the world through his most loving… Continue reading The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Saturday After Epiphany

Today’s readings “He must increase; I must decrease.” By these words, St. John the Baptist indicates that the Epiphany, the manifestation of our Lord in the flesh, is complete.  John’s disciples have got it wrong; they took offense at Jesus baptizing when he himself had been baptized by John.  They assumed that because John had baptized Jesus,… Continue reading Saturday After Epiphany

Friday after Epiphany

Georg Pencz (German, Wroclaw ca. 1500–1550 Leipzig) Christ Healing the Leper, from The Story of Christ, 1534–35 German, Engraving; Sheet: 1 9/16 × 2 5/16 in. (3.9 × 5.8 cm) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1917 (17.3.1280) http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/432109

Today’s readings Today, as we continue to celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord, we see Jesus manifested as healer.  “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.”  What a wonderful profession of faith!  Here is a man, full of leprosy, who has been in pain and ostracized for perhaps a good portion of his… Continue reading Friday after Epiphany

Thursday After Epiphany

Today’s readings The feast of Epiphany is a celebration of the fact that Christian life looks like something.  Because Jesus has appeared on the earth and taken our own human form, because he has walked among us and lived our life and died our death, we know what the Christian Way looks like.  We know… Continue reading Thursday After Epiphany

The Epiphany of the Lord

Today’s readings It’s so simple: walk toward the light. This is good advice, I think, for us who walk around in what can be a very dark world. Today’s first reading speaks of that darkness: “See, darkness covers the earth, and thick clouds cover the peoples…” We’re not talking about some kind of simple darkness… Continue reading The Epiphany of the Lord

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

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