January 21-26, 2019

St. Agnes, Virgin & Martyr
Hebrews 5:1-10  +  Mark 2:18-22
January 21, 2019

“Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them?”

Today’s Gospel passage might seem confusing to those who wish to be devout Christians.  Along with the contrast between Jesus and John, there is a contrast between feasting and fasting.  Jesus’ disciples in this passage do not fast because He is with them.  Should Christians today, then, take part in the discipline of fasting?  Or would fasting imply a denial of Jesus’ presence and power in our lives? Continue reading

The 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time [C]

The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time [C]
Isa 62:1-5  +  1 Cor 12:4-11  +  Jn 2:1-11
January 20, 2019

Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs at Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory….

Jesus’ miracle at the wedding at Cana tells us many important things.  For example, the fact that there were six ceremonial water jars, each holding about 25 gallons, tells us that Jesus produced 150 gallons of wine for this wedding celebration, which in turn tells us that this… was a Catholic wedding. Continue reading

January 14-19, 2019

Monday of the First Week in Ordinary Time [I]
Hebrews 1:1-6  +  Mark 1:14-20
January 14, 2019

“This is the time of fulfillment.  The Kingdom of God is at hand.”

Today is a day of beginnings.  Today as we begin the season of Ordinary Time we hear from the beginning of the Gospel account of Saint Mark.  It points us in the direction of God the Father. Continue reading

January 7-12, 2019

Christmas Weekday
1 John 3:22—4:6  +  Matthew 4:12-17,23-25
January 7, 2019

I will give you all the nations for an inheritance.

In this final week of the Christmas Season, the Epiphany of the Lord continues to reverberate through the Sacred Liturgy.  In fact, while we tend to equate the Epiphany only with the narrative of the “three wise men”, the Church actually holds up two other Gospel narratives along with that of the “three kings” when she reflects on the meaning of Jesus’ Epiphany. Continue reading