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First Sunday of Lent, Year C – February 14, 2016 An ancient proverb says: “Good habits result from resisting temptation.” On Ash Wednesday we heard three fundamental orientations for this season in the rich Scripture readings: almsgiving, prayer and fasting. Lent is a season of solidarity, of sharing, of openness to our neighbor, especially toward ...read more
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – February 7, 2016 The Sea of Galilee is a fresh water lake about 12 miles long and six miles wide. It lies some 685 feet below sea level and is about 200 feet deep. Fishing was and still is an important industry on the lake. The sea ...read more
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – January 31, 2016 Today’s Old Testament reading from Jeremiah (1:4-5, 17-19) and Gospel passage from Luke (4:21-30) offer us an opportunity to reflect on the blessings, burdens and risks of authentic prophets in our Judeo-Christian tradition. Among the Biblical prophets, we probably know Jeremiah best of all. ...read more
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – January 24, 2016 Today’s first reading is taken from the Book of Nehemiah, a book that tells of the reconstitution of the Jewish community after the Exile, the dispersion and the destruction of Jerusalem. It tells the story of the new beginnings of a community and is ...read more
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – January 17, 2016 Last Sunday gave us an opportunity to reflect on Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan, and our own baptismal commitment. The wedding feast of Cana of today’s Gospel (John 2:1-11) is a manifestation of God’s glory and it continues the theme of Christ’s Epiphany and ...read more
Baptism of our Lord, Year C – Sunday, January 10, 2016 The theme of Christ’s epiphany — of Jesus inaugurating his divine mission on earth — reaches its fulfillment in the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. The feast seemingly brings an end to the Christmas season, but Christmas really ends with the feast ...read more
Solemnity of the Epiphany – Sunday, January 3rd, 2016 The term epiphany means “to show,” “to make known” or “to reveal.” The solemnity of the Epiphany had its origin in the Eastern Church. In Jerusalem, close to Bethlehem, the feast had a special reference to the Nativity. Today in Eastern Orthodox churches, the emphasis for this ...read more
Reflection for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God – Friday, January 1st, 2016 The Christian New Year is celebrated on Jan. 1, one week after the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Jan. 1 has been given several different names that reveal something of the nature of the feast. First of all, the Christian ...read more
Feast of the Holy Family – Sunday, December 27, 2015 In the afterglow of Christmas, the Church celebrates the feast of the Holy Family, inviting the faithful to reflect on the gift and mystery of life, and in particular the blessing of family. Today’s Gospel story (Luke 2:41-52) relates an incident from Jesus’ youth that ...read more
Vigil Mass for Christmas Eve – Thursday, December 24, 2015 The Gospel for the liturgy of Christmas Eve, taken from Matthew’s infancy narrative (1:1-25), provides a wide-angle view of the Incarnation event, against a rich, biblical panorama. More than Mark and Luke, Matthew stresses the Jewish origin of Jesus: The genealogy presents him as “son ...read more