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Vigil Mass for Christmas Eve – Thursday, December 24, 2015 The Gospel for the liturgy of Christmas Eve, taken from Matthew’s infancy narrative (1:1-25), provides a wide-angle view of the Incarnation event, against a rich, biblical panorama. More than Mark and Luke, Matthew stresses the Jewish origin of Jesus: The genealogy presents him as “son ...read more
Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year C – December 20, 2015 The Infancy Narrative of Luke’s Gospel contains some of the most touching, well-known biblical scenes in the New Testament. Not only does the annunciation of the Baptist’s beginnings precede that of Jesus (1:5-24), but the birth of John the Baptist precedes Jesus’ birth (1:26-38). The ...read more
Third Sunday of Advent, Year C – December 13, 2015 Advent, far from being a penitential time, is a time of rejoicing. Christians proclaim that the Messiah has indeed come and that God’s reign is at hand. During these days we are invited to quietly prepare our hearts and our lives for the coming of ...read more
Second Sunday of Advent, Year C – December 6, 2015 In today’s Gospel text, [Luke 3:1-6] In today’s Gospel text, [Luke 3:1-6] the evangelist who is called the “scriba manuetidinis Christi” (scribe of the gentleness of Christ) by Dante Alighieri, casts the call of John the Baptist in the form of an Old Testament prophetic ...read more
As I begin writing this, one week has passed since the series of terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13. I currently live about 6 km from the scene of the worst of the bloodshed of November 13: the Bataclan concert hall where 89 of the 129 deaths occurred. At about 10:15 that evening, I ...read more
First Sunday of Advent, Year C – November 29, 2015 Every now and then when the world seems to be falling apart and problems appear to be insurmountable, I recall with gratitude the heroes of the Velvet Revolution who helped to bring down the reign of Communism over twenty years ago. I cherish the words ...read more
Biblical Reflection for the Solemnity of Christ the King, Year B – Sunday, November 22, 2015 The liturgical year ends with the Solemnity of Christ the King. In John’s poignant trial scene of Pilate and Jesus (18:33-37), we see a great contrast between power and powerlessness. In coming to the Romans to ensure that Jesus ...read more
Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – November 15, 2015 Today’s Gospel story is taken from the most difficult chapter of Mark’s Gospel (13:24-32) and is often interpreted as announcing the end of the world. Mark 13 is often called the “little apocalypse.” Like Daniel 7-12 and the Book of Revelation, it focuses on ...read more
Kerry Weber, author of “Mercy in the City,” reflects on the Scriptural roots of the corporal works of mercy. This video is part of a new series of reflections on Scripture from America and the American Bible Society. ...read more
Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – November 8, 2015 Today’s Old Testament reading from 1 Kings 17:10-16 and the Gospel story from Mark 12:38-44 present us with two remarkable widows who challenge us by their conviction, generosity and faith. They force us to reexamine our understanding of the poor and poverty, and look ...read more