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The Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – February 16, 2014 Matthew’s Gospel reflects the situation of the early Church after the destruction of Jerusalem (70 A.D.). Throughout the Gospel, Jesus affirms the permanent validity of the Law (Mt 5:18-19), but in a new interpretation, given with full authority (Mt 5:21-48). Jesus “fulfils” the ...read more
The Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Sunday, February 9, 2014 Jesus of Nazareth was a master teacher and a great storyteller. I can easily picture him teaching and preaching to his young friends as they sat on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, on hillsides, in deserted places or in the ...read more
The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord – Sunday, February 2, 2014 In 1997, Blessed John Paul II established the special Day of Consecrated Life to coincide with the Feast of the Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple of Jerusalem (February 2).  The Pope gave three reasons for his selection of February ...read more
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Sunday, January 26, 2014  Both today’s first reading from the prophet Isaiah [Is 8:23-9:3] and the Gospel passage [Mt 4:12-23] keep alive the memory of Christmas for us.  “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep ...read more
Red Mass Homily, Holy Rosary Cathedral Vancouver, January 16, 2014 Archbishop J.M. Miller, CSB Dear brother priests, dear members of the St. Thomas More Guild: lawyers and their co-workers, members of the judiciary, and law students; dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Introduction Today’s sober readings speak of “sharing Christ’s sufferings” (1 Pet 4:13), while ...read more
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Sunday, January 19, 2014 In today’s Gospel passage (John 1:29-34), the figure of John the Baptist appears once again almost as if to send us back to Advent…to look carefully at the evidence of the Baptizer and of Jesus, and to make some decisions about our own ...read more
Feast of the Baptism of the Lord – Sunday, January 12, 2014 In 2009, Salt + Light Television produced a magnificent documentary, “Within Your Gates,” on Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s historic pilgrimage to Jordan and Israel.  Among the moving scenes in the film are the Holy Father’s visit, along with Jordan’s King Abdullah II and ...read more
Solemnity of the Epiphany – Sunday, January 5, 2014 The word “epiphany” means “to show forth.”  Epiphanies, both large and small, tend to be private events- yet events with great significance for the public.  Trying to share the details with another of an epiphany is fraught with complications.  The words are never quite right, and ...read more
Solemnity of Mary, Holy Mother of God – January 1, 2014 The Jewish New Year The Jewish Feast of Rosh Hashanah, meaning literally the “beginning of the year,” occurs on the first of the Hebrew month Tishre and inaugurates the solemn Jewish season which concludes with Yom Kippur.  In the Bible, the Jewish New Year ...read more
Feast of the Holy Family – Sunday, December 29, 2013 Today’s readings for the Feast of the Holy Family take up the tension between rights and obligations.  Our Scripture texts maintain that obligations have primacy over rights. Hence the truly human, genuinely Christian priority is not so much what others can do for me but rather ...read more