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 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
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
The Baptism of the Lord [C]
Isa 42:1-4,6-7 + Acts 10:34-38 + Lk 3:15-16,21-22
[or Isa 40:1-5,9-11 + Ti 2:11-14;3:4-7 + Lk 3:15-16,21-22]
January 13, 2019
“You are my beloved Son; with You I am well pleased.”
Why would God choose to get baptized? He certainly didn’t need what baptism gives to a person like you or me. When you were baptized, you changed in three ways. Continue reading
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
The Epiphany of the Lord
Isa 60:1-6 + Eph 3:2-3,5-6 + Mt 2:1-12
January 6, 2019
Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
The feast of the Epiphany reflects upon the gift that appeared to the world at Bethlehem. In the Gospel passage today, we see the gifts of the three kings from the east. But these three gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, of course, are responses to the Gift—with a capital “G”—named Jesus, who was gifted to mankind by God the Father. It’s the reflection on all four of these gifts that leads members of the Church in the East (both the Eastern Orthodox Churches and the Eastern Catholic Churches) to give Christmas gifts not on December 25, but on January 6, the Twelfth Day of Christmas. Continue reading
Sts. Basil the Great & Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops & Doctors of the Church
1 John 2:22-28 + John 1:19-28
January 2, 2019
And now, children, remain in Him….
With all due respect to the Little Flower, an argument could be made that her “Little Way” was first taught by the Beloved Disciple, St. John the Evangelist and Apostle. At the very least, her Little Way is rooted in the scriptural doctrine of the Beloved Disciple. It would be interesting to explore the writings of the Little Flower for references to those scripture verses written by the Beloved Disciple which the Church proclaims during Christmastide. Continue reading
The Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God
Num 6:22-27 + Gal 4:4-7 + Lk 2:16-21
January 1, 2019
… God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law….
We are invited as Christians to imitate Mary, the first and best disciple of Jesus. If we were to imagine the scene in the first part of today’s Gospel passage, we would picture the infant Jesus in the manger, with His mother still lying next to Him, and Saint Joseph standing watch over them both. Continue reading
The Seventh Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord
1 John 2:18-21 + John 1:1-18
December 31, 2018
Thus we know this is the last hour.
Because the Nativity is always celebrated on December 25, the seventh day of the Octave of Christmas is always December 31. While the world prepares to celebrate tonight the passing from one year to the next, the Church encourages us to meditate upon what is eternal by means of one of the most beautiful passages from the Gospel. Continue reading