The Annunciation of Jesus’ Birth

18 December 2005: 4th Sunday of Advent and20 December 2001: Tuesday of the 4th Sunday of Advent Luke 1, 26-38: The Annunciation Mary’s obedience to the will of the Father is lovely. Mary forgets the most common prayer— “Let your will be changed” or “Let my will be done” —- and prays the greatest prayerContinue reading “The Annunciation of Jesus’ Birth”

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The Genealogy of Jesus

17 December 2005: Dawn MassesMatthew 1,1-17. The Importance of Ancestors The genealogy or family tree for the Jews is very important. It tells us who he is and what is his worth. The reason for this interest in genealogies or pedigrees was that the Jews set the greatest possible store on the purity of lineage.Continue reading “The Genealogy of Jesus”

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Tribute to Those Who Prepare our Way

15 December 2005: Thursday of the 3rd Week of AdventLuke 7, 24-30. A Tribute to John the Baptist Today, Jesus pays tribute to his cousin, John the Baptist. He says of him: “Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is he of whom it is written, ‘Behold, I send my messenger beforeContinue reading “Tribute to Those Who Prepare our Way”

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Where You Least Expect It

14 December 2005: Wednesday of the 3rd Week of AdventLuke 7, 18-23: St. John of the Cross In a funeral, they were burying a rather unpleasant character who had never been near a place of worship in his life. The services were being conducted by a priest who had never heard of him (many priestsContinue reading “Where You Least Expect It”

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Two Sons, Two Responses

13 December 2005, Tuesday of the 3rd Week of AdventMatthew 21, 28-32: The Two Sons The parable of the two sons is peculiar to Matthew and functions as a response to the criticism that Jesus accommodates those considered sinners and outcasts: prostitutes and tax collectors. The parable has three main characters: the vineyard owner representsContinue reading “Two Sons, Two Responses”

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The Joy in Faith

11 December 2005: Gaudete SundayJohn 1, 6-8, 19-28: Joy First, let me explain the Sunday today in the Season of Advent. Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent, derived its name from the first word of the Introit at Mass: Gaudete meaning, Rejoice! The season of Advent originated as a fast for forty days inContinue reading “The Joy in Faith”

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God’s Odd Ways of Choosing People

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary8 December 2005. Luke 1, 26-38 Let me begin with behind the scenes stories of Christmas: While Joseph and Mary were on their way to Bethlehem, an angel had a secret meeting with the animals to choose which of them was to help the holyContinue reading “God’s Odd Ways of Choosing People”

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When Burdens are Light and Easy

7 December 2005. Wednesday of the 2nd Week of AdventMt. 11, 28-30. When Burdens are Light Jesus speaks to all of us who are desperately trying to find God and desperately trying to be good, and finding our tasks impossible and burdensome. Jesus speaks to all of us who have faithfully followed Christ, but findContinue reading “When Burdens are Light and Easy”

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Bringing Home the Lost

6 December 2005: Tuesday of the 2nd Week of AdventMatthew 18, 12-14: The Lost Sheep George Adam Smith said, “On some high moon across while at night… when you meet him, sleepless, four sighted, weather-beaten, armed, leaning on his staff and looking out over his scattered sheep, everyone of them on his heart, you understandContinue reading “Bringing Home the Lost”

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The Dance of Advent

4 December 2005: 2nd Sunday of AdventMark 1, 5-8: John the Baptist In every sense of the word, John the Baptist was a star. People came trooping to hear him speak. The whole country of Judea and all the people of Jerusalem sought him out so they could hear what he had to say. TheyContinue reading “The Dance of Advent”

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The Divine Compassion

3 December 2005: Saturday of the 1st Week of AdventMatthew 9, 36 – 10,8: Feast of St. Francis Xavier In the last installment of Star Wars Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith, we see Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) being sent back to Coruscant, the capital of the Republic. In Coruscant, Anakin is reunited withContinue reading “The Divine Compassion”

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The Two Blind Men

2 December 2005: Friday of the 1st Week of AdventMatthew 9, 27-31: The Two Blind Men Blindness is a distressingly common disease, and those who are afflicted plead for healing. The Gospel tells us that their hope hinges on Jesus. Verse 18 of the first reading tells us that the day will come when theContinue reading “The Two Blind Men”

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Quality Foundations

1 December 2005: Thursday of the 1st Week of Advent Matthew 7, 21-26: Sts. Edmund Campion, Robert Southwell & companions I found this story years ago. It is the perfect story for the Gospel today about the house built on rock. Let the story bring you to its very point. An elderly carpenter was readyContinue reading “Quality Foundations”

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The Virtue of Flexibility

30 November 2005: Wednesday of the 1st Week of AdventMatthew 4, 18-22. Feast of St. Andrew, the Apostle The feast today provides a respite from the apocalyptic literature following the last week of the liturgical year. The gospel does not speak of fire and brimstone, but of gentleness. It does not speak of the desolationContinue reading “The Virtue of Flexibility”

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Reclaiming our Dignity

29 November 2005: Tuesday of the 1st Week of AdventLuke 10, 21-24 The final verses of the Gospel today tell us that Jesus is the peak of all history. In the Gospel, Jesus turns to his disciples and said, “Happy are the eyes which see the things which you are seeing for I tell youContinue reading “Reclaiming our Dignity”

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