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

The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today’s readings In every age of the world, people have needed hope.  Because in every age of the world, there has been unbelievable hardship.  There has always been war, and disease, and poverty, and oppression, and alienation, and all the rest.  There has always been sin, and broken relationships, and impure desires and that feeling… Continue reading The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Listen again to those words of hope from the Gospel I just read: “And I tell you, ask and you will receive;seek and you will find;knock and the door will be opened to you.For everyone who asks, receives;and the one who seeks, finds;and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”… Continue reading Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time

O Root of Jesse

Today’s readings In these late days of Advent, we pray the “O Antiphons.”  These antiphons are the various titles of Jesus as found in Scripture.  Today’s antiphon is “O Root of Jesse” and it is found as the antiphon for the Canticle of Mary in Vespers: “O Flower of Jesse’s stem, you have been raised up as… Continue reading O Root of Jesse

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)

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Today’s readings Virtues are those habits and dispositions that lead us to what is good (CCC 1804). There are generally a couple of different kinds of virtues: human virtues (like prudence and justice) and theological virtues (like faith, hope and charity). I bring these up because I believe our readings today revolve around the theological… Continue reading The Sixth Sunday of Easter

The First Sunday of Advent

Today’s readings We’ve gathered here today on the precipice of something new.  Do you feel it?  Do you come here with a sense of hope and expectation?  Are you on the edge of your seat?  Well, if not, I certainly hope you will be by the end of Advent.  That’s what it’s all about.  The… Continue reading The First Sunday of Advent

Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent: O Root of Jesse

Today’s readings In these late days of Advent, we pray the “O Antiphons.” These antiphons are the various titles of Jesus as found in Scripture. Today’s antiphon is “O Root of Jesse” and it is found as the antiphon for the Canticle of Mary in Vespers: “O Flower of Jesse’s stem, you have been raised… Continue reading Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent: O Root of Jesse

The First Sunday of Advent

Today’s readings To you, I lift up my soul, O my God. In you, I have trusted; let me not be put to shame. Nor let my enemies exult over me; and let none who hope in you be put to shame. Those are the very first words in the Roman Missal’s Proper of Time. … Continue reading The First Sunday of Advent

Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Listen to the voices of hope in today’s Liturgy: “But for you who fear my name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays.” “For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” “Blessed are they who… Continue reading Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time