Scripture: Malachi 3:1-4, 23-24 Luke 1:57-66 Reflection: In our Gospel reading from Luke which we heard last Sunday, the angel Gabriel tells Mary that her relative, Elizabeth, considered barren and in her old age, had conceived a son, for "nothing will be impossible for God." » Continue Reading.
4th Sunday of Advent Scripture: 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16 Romans 16:25-27 Luke 1:26-38 Reflection: We conclude the Advent season this week, bringing to a head basic perceptions about the coming celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. A certain highpoint is reached today. » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Isaiah 7:10-14 Luke 1:26-38 Reflection: Today’s readings are about promise and fulfillment, fear and courage, cynicism and trust. Just five days before we celebrate the birth of Christ, the readings remind us that the coming of Christ was no accident, no twist of fate. » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Jeremiah 23:5-8 Matthew 1:18-25 Reflection: Jesus, can I share my thoughts? I know we have a few more days left before we celebrate your birth but the gospel brings it up for reflection at Mass today. Seeing You in the crib brings tears to » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Genesis 49:2, 8-10 Matthew 1:1-17 Reflection: In today’s first reading from the book of Genesis, Jacob blesses his son Judah and says, "The scepter shall never depart from Judah, or the mace from between his legs, while tribute is brought to him, and he » Continue Reading.
Third Sunday of Advent Scripture: Isaiah 61: 1-2a, 10-11 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 John 1:6-8, 19-28 Reflection: Today is the day in Advent when we rejoice – Gaudete Sunday! The prayers and readings make this theme so very clear. Isaiah tells us, "I rejoice heartily in » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11 Matthew 17:9a, 10-13 Reflection: Growing up, I had a "lazy muscle" in my left eye. After 7th grade, our eye doctor, Dr. Lhotka, performed surgery to correct the condition. He literally had to lift the eyeball slightly out of the socket, » Continue Reading.
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Scripture: Zechariah 2:14-17 Luke 1:26-38 Reflection: A few weeks ago the national news media carried the story of a woman from Bakersfield, California who recently reported seeing an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary in some salsa splattered onto » Continue Reading.
Scripture: Isaiah 41:13-20 Matthew 11:11-15 Reflection: "And if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah, the one who is to come." The message of the good news of the coming of the Messiah doesn’t begin with angels in the heavens or shepherds in » Continue Reading.