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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – February 5th, 2017 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 temple precincts ...read more
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – January 29th, 2017 As the Church continues her pilgrim journey throughout history, we need a vision to sustain us and give us hope in the midst of our shadows, ambiguities, and sins, our joys and hopes and victories. That biblical vision is found in the great Christian ...read more
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – January 22nd, 2017 Both today’s first reading from the prophet Isaiah (8:23-9:3) and the Gospel passage (Matthew 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 darkness – ...read more
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – January 15th, 2017 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 ...read more
Baptism of the Lord, Year A – Monday, January 9th, 2017 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 is the Holy Father’s visit, along with Jordan’s King Abdullah II and his wife ...read more
Solemnity of the Epiphany, Year A – Sunday, January 8th, 2017 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 ...read more
At Salt + Light we spend a lot of time reading, analyzing and sharing the words of Pope Francis. And over the past four years, the Pope has given us a lot to think about and act upon. Of the many recurring themes that emerge in his speeches and official documents, one that has not ...read more
Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, Year A – Sunday, January 1st, 2017 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, ...read more
Feast of the Holy Family – Friday, December 30th, 2016 In the afterglow of Christmas, the Church celebrates the feast of the Holy Family. This weekend we are invited to reflect on the gift and mystery of life and the blessing of family life in particular. In Luke’s Gospel scene of the Presentation of the ...read more
Nativity of our Lord, Year A – Sunday, December 25th, 2016  The message of Christmas takes our breath away every year and continues to stagger the imagination: the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, the only begotten Son of the Father, the eternal Word, our Creator wills to clothe himself in our nature, and to ...read more