The Nativity of the Lord: Mass During the Day

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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 … Continued

The Nativity of the Lord: Mass During the Night

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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 … Continued

The Fourth Sunday of Lent – Scrutiny II (Cycle A Readings)

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Today’s readings Today’s Liturgy is all about vision and sight and light and darkness.  All of these, dear friends, are things that many of us certainly take for granted.  Think about it: we don’t appreciate the gift of light until … Continued

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 … Continued

Tuesday of Holy Week

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Today’s readings Today’s Gospel reading contains four of the most chilling words in all of holy Scripture: “And it was night.”  Those narrative words come just after Judas takes the morsel and leaves the gathering.  But the evangelist didn’t include … Continued

The Fourth Sunday of Lent

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Today’s readings Traditionally, today is Laetare Sunday – laetare being Latin for “rejoice.” Sometimes this Sunday is celebrated by the wearing of rose-colored vestments, rather than the Lenten violet.  Laetare Sunday reminds us that even in the “heaviness” of Lent, there is reason for rejoicing. … Continued

Advent Penance Service

Today’s readings: Malachi 3:1-7a | Matthew 3:1-12 This evening, as we prepare for Christmas, we have some powerful images to guide us.  The first is the image of burning up what doesn’t belong here, as we have seen in our … Continued

Thursday of the Third Week of Advent: O Oriens

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Today’s readings As I’ve preached earlier this week, in these last days of Advent, we are praying the “O Antiphons” in the Liturgy, and especially in Evening Prayer.  The O Antiphons are the various titles of Jesus as given to … Continued

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