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

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

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

The Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday)

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 Lord is near.”  Today… Continue reading The Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday)

Friday of the Third 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.  More and more of the candles on our Advent wreath are lit, and the only thing that can make our world brighter is the coming… Continue reading Friday of the Third Week of Advent: O Radiant Dawn

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 as well as Our Lady of Guadalupe.  We also remembered St. Juan Diego, St. John of the Cross, St. Lucy and St.… Continue reading Saturday of the Second Week of Advent

Advent Penance Service

Today’s readings: Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-36| Psalm 27 | Matthew 5:13-16 During this time of year, there’s a lot more darkness than I’m sure most of us would like to see. The daylight fades very fast, and there’s a lot of cold and cloudy days. And so, as joyful as this season is supposed to be, it can be so hard… Continue reading Advent Penance Service

Friday of the Second Week of Advent

Today’s readings Mass for the school children. Don’t you hate it when you’re having an argument with someone and they turn out to be right, and you turn out to be wrong?  I know I do.  But that kind of thinking doesn’t get us anywhere good.  That kind of thinking puts up an obstacle to… Continue reading Friday of the Second Week of Advent

The Second Sunday of Advent

Today’s readings I don’t know if it’s ever easy to listen to the news any more.  Unrest in the middle east, abuse scandals in the entertainment industry and political arena, crime in our cities, and so much more.  And all of those are the man-made problems: they are byproducts of the reign of sin in… Continue reading The Second Sunday of Advent

Grieving During the Holidays

Today, I was invited to give a talk at one of the local funeral homes for their clients who had lost loved ones during the last year.  I spoke about grieving during the holiday season. A reading from the book of Revelation (22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21). “Behold, I am coming soon. I bring with me the… Continue reading Grieving During the Holidays