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: At the Mass During the Night

Today’s readings It’s all about the zeal of the Lord of Hosts! Because when you think about it, God doesn’t have to care about our welfare or our salvation.  He’s God, he’s not in need of anyone or anything, because he is all-sufficient.  He doesn’t need our love, he doesn’t need our praise, he doesn’t… Continue reading The Nativity of the Lord: At the Mass During the Night

The Nativity of Our Lord: Mass During the Night and During the Day

Today’s readings: Mass During the Night | Mass During the Day We settle for mediocrity way too easily sometimes, I think. All of the “stuff” that we have to have or get to give at this time of year is an example of that. The latest gadgets will be out of date very soon, and… Continue reading The Nativity of Our Lord: Mass During the Night and During the Day

The Nativity of the Lord: Mass during the Night and Mass During the Day

Readings of Christmas: Mass during the Night | Mass During the Day I was thinking over the last few days about some of my Christmases past. I was trying to see if I could remember the gifts I had been given as a child. As hard as I tried, I couldn’t remember them specifically, but… Continue reading The Nativity of the Lord: Mass during the Night and Mass During the Day

The Third Sunday of Advent: Gaudete! Rejoice!

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,… Continue reading The Third Sunday of Advent: Gaudete! Rejoice!

Thursday of the Second Week of Advent

Today’s readings One of the amazing truths to ponder in this season of Advent is the nature of and reason for the Incarnation. Why did God choose to save the world by entering into it as a creature? Why did he assume our fickle, broken flesh in the lowliest form: an infant born to a… Continue reading Thursday of the Second Week of Advent

Thursday of the Second Week of Advent

Today’s readings Today’s first reading is a foreshadowing of the Incarnation of Christ. It is also a wonderful treatise on the spiritual principle that when we are weak, God’s strength is amazing. Israel was pretty low and lacking in power, in the grand scheme of things. Almost every nation was more powerful than them. Yet… Continue reading Thursday of the Second Week of Advent

Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas

Today’s readings So what did you get for Christmas?  Was it everything you’d hoped for?  Perhaps you, like me, feel that the gifts are nice, but being together with family and friends at Christmas is the real gift.  Today’s first reading is exhorting us to something similar.  While the rest of the world waits in… Continue reading Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas

The Nativity of the Lord: Mass During the Night and Mass During the Day

Sometimes I wrestle with the question of what is the greatest feast of the Church year.  Easter comes to mind, and probably Good Friday, because it is through the events those feasts commemorate that we were saved from our sins and the possibility of eternal life in the Kingdom of God became real for us. … Continue reading The Nativity of the Lord: Mass During the Night and Mass During the Day

The First Sunday of Advent

Today’s readings I don’t know about you, but I always find this weekend after Thanksgiving to be a little strange.  And I love Thanksgiving: I enjoy joining my mother and sisters in the kitchen to cook a wonderful meal, and spend the day with our family.  But this weekend, as a whole, has become rather… Continue reading The First Sunday of Advent