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Nativity of our Lord – Monday, December 25th, 2017 One of my personal Advent and Christmas traditions each year has been to attend (or at least listen to) Handel’s Messiah. My “Messiah night” took place this past week, not in a concert hall or church, but in my residence. The choral section from the Nativity ...read more
Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year B – December 24th, 2017 “The Sound of Music” stage play and I are the same age — both from that vintage year of 1959 — and the film version was the first “motion picture” I saw as child in the mid 1960’s with my family. God alone knows how ...read more
Third Sunday of Advent, Year B – December 17th, 2017 Advent is the season of the prophets and the Scripture readings of these weeks before Christmas help us to focus our vision and deepen our longing for the Messiah. In this year’s Gospel for the Third Sunday of Advent, the figure of John the Baptist ...read more
Second Sunday of Advent, Year B – December 10th, 2017 One of the great stars of the Advent and Christmas stories, John the Baptizer, makes his appearance on the biblical stage today. Let us consider some of the details of John’s life and see how he is such a good model for us. John the ...read more
First Sunday of Advent, Year B – December 3rd, 2017 This weekend the Church enters into the liturgical season of Advent. Christians proclaim that the Messiah has indeed come and that God’s reign is “at hand.” Advent does not change God. Advent deepens our longing and anticipation that God will do what prophets and the ...read more
Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – Sunday, November 26th, 2017 During my graduate studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome in the late 1980s, I had the privilege of teaching Scripture on several occasions to the Missionaries of Charity at their formation house on the outskirts of Rome. Several times ...read more
Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A – November 19th, 2017 Today’s Gospel story presents us with the last of the three parables that form Jesus’ final discourse in Matthew’s Gospel. Each of the three parables relates a different kind of accountability required of Christians as they prepare for their glorious encounter with Christ. The ...read more
Reflection for the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica – November 9, 2017 Today we celebrate the feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome. It is known as “Mother and head of all churches on earth” because it was the original residence of the Pope. There is a formidable and ...read more
Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – November 12th, 2017 The three parables of Jesus’ final discourse in Matthew’s Gospel are a fitting way to move toward the end of the liturgical year. The three stories relate three different kinds of accountability required of Christians as they prepare for their glorious encounter with Christ. ...read more
Reflection for All Saints Day: As we begin the month of November, a time traditionally set aside by Catholics to remember both the Saints and those who have died. “All Saints Day” (Nov. 1) and “All Souls Day” (Nov. 2) set the tone for the month. The pain of death and loss touches all people ...read more