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

The Nativity of the Lord: Mass During the Day

The CreationnIn the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.nnThen God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so. God called the expanse heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.

Today’s readings All during Advent, we have been yearning for the light.  Advent reminds us that the world can sometimes be a very dark place, that war and terrorism and crime and disease and sin and death can really give us a beating, that very often we experience life much differently than God intended us to,… Continue reading The Nativity of the Lord: Mass During the Day

The Nativity of the Lord: Mass During the Night

Today’s readings We’ve all had the experience of being in a dark room, probably at night, and turning on a light.  It’s blinding until we get used to it.  There’s even a scene in the movie, Christmas Vacation, when Clark finally gets the Christmas lights to work and it’s so blinding that his neighbors, who have been… Continue reading The Nativity of the Lord: Mass During the Night

The Nativity of the Lord: Vigil Mass

Today’s readings Nazareth was a sleepy little town in the region of Galilee, a vast region with lots of wilderness and, like Nazareth, a few sleepy little towns.  Galilee was in the nation of Israel, one of the small nations in the Roman Empire.  Israel had its own king, but he was really just someone who kept… Continue reading The Nativity of the Lord: Vigil Mass

The Baptism of the Lord

Today’s readings Today, we celebrate a feast that is commemorated in the first Luminous Mystery of the Rosary.  The Luminous Mysteries were popularized by Saint John Paul II, and illustrate the various ways that Christ’s nature and the purpose of his coming were revealed to us.  That is, they are luminous mysteries because they shed light on… Continue reading The Baptism of the Lord

The Nativity of the Lord: Mass During the Day

Today’s readings There was a great commercial a few years back that has three senior ladies talking.  One of them, the hostess, has taped all kinds of photographs to her living room wall and says that it’s a really quick way to share these memories with her friends.  Just like her car insurance: it only took 15… Continue reading The Nativity of the Lord: Mass During the Day

The Nativity of the Lord: Mass During the Night

Today’s readings Often when we get to Christmas time, we think about our Christmases past: who we were with, where we were, how we celebrated.  Sometimes we might remember the gifts we receive, sometimes not.  For me, what I remember most is the joy of being with my family and the love that we shared certainly marked… Continue reading The Nativity of the Lord: Mass During the Night

The Nativity of the Lord – Vigil Masses

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 since Israel hadn’t been a great nation in a long time, he wasn’t respected for being a great king himself.  Instead, people respected him for his carpentry work… Continue reading The Nativity of the Lord – Vigil Masses

The Nativity of the Lord: At the Mass During the Day

Today’s readings A few years back, there was a great commercial out that has three senior ladies talking.  One of them, the hostess, has taped all kinds of photographs to her living room wall and says that it’s a really quick way to share these memories with her friends.  Just like her car insurance: it… Continue reading The Nativity of the Lord: At the Mass During the Day