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Second Sunday of Advent, Year C – December 6, 2015 In today’s Gospel text, [Luke 3:1-6] In today’s Gospel text, [Luke 3:1-6] the evangelist who is called the “scriba manuetidinis Christi” (scribe of the gentleness of Christ) by Dante Alighieri, casts the call of John the Baptist in the form of an Old Testament prophetic ...read more
Baptism of the Lord, Year B – Sunday, January 11, 2014 Christmas has come and gone, and the Magi are now off on the distant horizon, having returned to their native lands by another road. The feast of the Baptism of the Lord seemingly brings an end to the Christmas season, although, in reality, it ...read more
Second Sunday of Advent, Year B – December 7, 2014 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
This an adaptation of my homily for the  second Sunday in Advent, Year A. The readings were: Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72;  Romans 15:4-9 and Matthew 3:1-12. On this Solemnity of the Birth of John the Baptist it is good to reflect on the meaning of being a “voice”. The voice crying out in the wilderness ...read more
On August 29, the Church remembers the death of St. John the Baptist, a prophet who was put to death through beheading because he spoke the truth. There is no Gospel that begins the story of Jesus’ public ministry without first telling the reader about the life and mission of John the Baptist.  John’s preceding ...read more
Biblical Reflection for the Third Sunday of Advent C – December 16, 2012 The readings for this Sunday are: Zephaniah 3:14-18a; Philippians 4:4-7; and Luke 3:10-18 Advent, far from being a penitential time, is a time of rejoicing. Christians proclaim that the Messiah has indeed come and that God’s reign is at hand. During these days ...read more