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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – January 31, 2016 Today’s Old Testament reading from Jeremiah (1:4-5, 17-19) and Gospel passage from Luke (4:21-30) offer us an opportunity to reflect on the blessings, burdens and risks of authentic prophets in our Judeo-Christian tradition. Among the Biblical prophets, we probably know Jeremiah best of all. ...read more
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – January 24, 2016 Today’s first reading is taken from the Book of Nehemiah, a book that tells of the reconstitution of the Jewish community after the Exile, the dispersion and the destruction of Jerusalem. It tells the story of the new beginnings of a community and is ...read more
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – January 17, 2016 Last Sunday gave us an opportunity to reflect on Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan, and our own baptismal commitment. The wedding feast of Cana of today’s Gospel (John 2:1-11) is a manifestation of God’s glory and it continues the theme of Christ’s Epiphany and ...read more
Baptism of our Lord, Year C – Sunday, January 10, 2016 The theme of Christ’s epiphany — of Jesus inaugurating his divine mission on earth — reaches its fulfillment in the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. The feast seemingly brings an end to the Christmas season, but Christmas really ends with the feast ...read more
Solemnity of the Epiphany – Sunday, January 3rd, 2016 The term epiphany means “to show,” “to make known” or “to reveal.” The solemnity of the Epiphany had its origin in the Eastern Church. In Jerusalem, close to Bethlehem, the feast had a special reference to the Nativity. Today in Eastern Orthodox churches, the emphasis for this ...read more
Reflection for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God – Friday, January 1st, 2016 The Christian New Year is celebrated on Jan. 1, one week after the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Jan. 1 has been given several different names that reveal something of the nature of the feast. First of all, the Christian ...read more
Feast of the Holy Family – Sunday, December 27, 2015 In the afterglow of Christmas, the Church celebrates the feast of the Holy Family, inviting the faithful to reflect on the gift and mystery of life, and in particular the blessing of family. Today’s Gospel story (Luke 2:41-52) relates an incident from Jesus’ youth that ...read more
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