The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Adventskranz 4. Advent

Today’s readings Do you remember the best gift you ever got?  What was it?  Who gave it to you?  How long did it last?  Do you still have it?  Every gift is a little different: some are big, some are small, some make a lasting impact, some are used up and soon forgotten.  The best gifts, I think, are those… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Holy Saturday: Blessing of Food

Reading:  Deuteronomy 26:1-4, 10b-11 Holy Saturday is a rough day for us Catholics, I think.  We started last Sunday with a triumphant procession with palms, only to end with the death of Jesus in the Passion.  On Thursday, we gathered for the joyful celebration of the institution of the Eucharist – an incredible gift from… Continue reading Holy Saturday: Blessing of Food

Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time: Mardi Gras

Today’s readings “Every good giving and every good gift is from above.”  This word that we have from St. James today is so encouraging on this Mardi Gras day.  As we get ready for the spiritual rigors of Lent, we might be tempted to see our fasting, almsgiving and prayer as onerous and undesirable.  But… Continue reading Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Ordinary Time: Mardi Gras

Thursday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Sometimes we can be such arrogant little creatures. We presume that the blessings we have now are due to our own wonderful merit, and forget all about the grace of God. So how often have we been like the rich man, sumptuously dining on the good things God has given us as if… Continue reading Thursday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time

Sixth Day in 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, except, of course, for my nieces and nephew.  But it’s hard to… Continue reading Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas

The Epiphany of the Lord

Today's readings We gather together today to celebrate the twelfth day of Christmas.  Today is the traditional day for the celebration of the Epiphany of the Lord, a time when we can see who Christ really is, when our eyes are enlightened, and our hearts are opened.  Because there is a gift to be had… Continue reading The Epiphany of the Lord