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  Christmas Reflection on the readings for Midnight Mass Video of America Magazine and American Bible Society Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB Each year on Christmas Eve, the Church presents us with beautiful Scriptural readings for the traditional Christmas Midnight Liturgy. The familiar text of Isaiah 9:1-7, Psalm 96, the selection from Paul’s letter to Titus ...read more
Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year A – December 18th, 2016 On this Fourth Sunday of Advent, we listen attentively to the words of the prophet Isaiah, to the dream of Joseph, and the promise of the eternal God who takes flesh in the womb of the Virgin. The birth of Jesus into human history was ...read more
Third Sunday of Advent, Year A – December 11th, 2016 In his moving homily for the Inauguration of his Petrine Ministry as Bishop of Rome on April 24, 2005, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI spoke these words: The pastor must be inspired by Christ’s holy zeal: for him it is not a matter of indifference that ...read more
Second Sunday of Advent, Year A – December 4th, 2016 In today’s Scripture readings, two of the three outstanding Advent guides (Isaiah, John the Baptist, and Mary) show us the proper attitude to assume as we prepare to welcome the Saviour of the world. First of all, Isaiah: the prophet of consolation and singer of ...read more
First Sunday of Advent, Year A – November 27th, 2016 The Advent season in its liturgical observance is devoted to the coming of God at the end of history when Jesus shall reign as king. The time is chiefly a celebration of “the coming of God” in ultimate triumph. Our three Scripture readings for the First ...read more
Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Year C – Sunday, November 20th, 2016 Today’s solemn feast of Christ the King, the grand finale to liturgical year, gives us an opportunity to lay aside a lot of cultural baggage about kings and kingdoms, and discover how Jesus Christ can be a true ...read more
Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – November 13th, 2016 As we come to the end of the Church’s liturgical year, our Sunday Scripture readings are filled with apocalyptic images that may well terrify us with their intensity, honesty, realism, and practicality. Apocalyptic writing was popular in Christian circles for a millennium. Major historical ...read more
Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – November 6th, 2016 Christian faith in the resurrection has met with incomprehension and opposition from the very beginning. On no point does the Christian faith encounter more opposition than on the resurrection of the body.  The question of the resurrection is vital not only to the Christian ...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
Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – October 30th, 2016 Today’s Gospel story remains forever engraved in my memory. I still remember a song from my early grade school years that began with, “There was a man from Jericho named Zacchaeus.” Years later, I would visit Jericho on many occasions during my graduate studies ...read more