Solemnity of the Epiphany

Scripture Readings: Book of the Prophet Isaiah 60:1-6; Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6; Gospel According to Saint Matthew 2:1-12 The Solemnity of the Epiphany, literally the “manifestation” or “showing” of the Lord Jesus Christ to the nations, is...

Christmas Day Mass

Readings: Isaiah 52:7-10; Letter to the Hebrews 1:1-6; Gospel of Saint John 1:1-18 The scripture readings assigned for the Mass of Christmas day emphasize an attitude of child-like wonder at all that is taking place. In the text from the prophet Isaiah, the city of...

Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year C

Scripture Readings: Prophet Micah 5:1-4; Letter to the Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45 Christmas Day draws near, less than a week from now. People are shopping, cooking, cleaning, sending cards and gifts, and trying to breath a sigh of relief that maybe, just maybe, the...

Third Sunday of Advent, Year C

Scripture Readings: Zephaniah 3:14-18; Philippians 4:4-7; Gospel According to Luke 3:10-18 We have reached the half-way point in Advent. The celebration of Christmas draws near, just two weeks away. On this Sunday the Church invites us to rejoice, the opening words of...

Second Sunday of Advent, Year C

Scripture Readings: Baruch 5:1-9; Philippians 1:3-11; Gospel According to Saint Luke 3:1-6 On the Second Sunday of Advent the Church has us contemplate the person and mission of Saint John the Baptist, the great prophet of the coming of Christ. Considered more than a...

First Sunday of Advent, Year C

Prophet Jeremiah 33:14-16, First Thessalonians 3:12-4:2; Gospel According to Saint Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 Every Advent, the Church reflects in her Liturgy—the Mass and the Divine Office or Liturgy of the Hours–the threefold coming of Jesus Christ into the world....

Thirty-Second Sunday, Year B

Readings: First Book of Kings 17:10-16; Letter to the Hebrews 9:24-28; Gospel According to Saint Mark 12:38-44 In the Gospel passage for this Sunday’s Mass, Jesus gives a clear warning against the very human tendency of seeking our own glory. In other words, parading...

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Scripture Readings: Wisdom 2:12, 17-20; James 3:16-4:3; Mark 9:30-37   A very human trait that often leads to problems is comparing oneself to others. We may wish to be more like others or maybe less like them. We may wish we had what they have or glad that we do...

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Isaiah 50:4-9; James 2:14-18, Mark 8:27-35 A moment came in the public ministry of Jesus when he asked his disciples what others were saying about him, and who they thought he was. Jesus asked not because he did not know the answer, but to elicit a stance from his...

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Scripture readings: Isaiah 35:4-7; Letter of James 2:1-5; Gospel According to Saint Mark 7:31-37 In the Gospel today, Jesus cures a deaf man who also has a speech impediment. Freedom from bondage of various kinds is an important sign of the Messianic age which Jesus...