The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

[Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14 or Colossians 3:12-21 / Ps 128:1-2,3,4-5 / Matthew 2:13-15,19-23] When the Magi had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to … Continue reading

The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas

[1 Jn 2:3-11 / Ps 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 5b-6 / Luke 2:22-35] In biblical stories usually there is a contrast between light and darkness, between sight and blindness. Those who love God and their brothers and sisters are in the light. … Continue reading

Feast of the Holy Innocents, martyrs

[1 John 1:5–2:2 / Ps 124:2-3, 4-5, 7cd-8 / Matthew 2:13-18] We are in the midst of a joyful Christmas season when we celebrate the birth of a child who will become our redeemer. But today’s gospel gives us pause. … Continue reading

Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

[1 Jn 1:1-4 / Ps 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12 / John 20: 1-9] The two most significant Seasons of the Church Year are Christmas and Easter: the Incarnation and the Resurrection. Placing John’s description of the Resurrection (John 20) within the … Continue reading

Feast of Saint Stephen, First Martyr

[Acts 6: 8-10; 7:54-59 / Ps 31:3cd-4, 6 and 8ab, 16bc and 17 / Mt 10: 17-22] Stephen’s persecution is caused by the crowd’s unwillingness to accept the Spirit speaking within him. In the journey of life, during teen-aged years … Continue reading

Christmas Day

“And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14) The Word of God became flesh and lived among … Continue reading

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Advent

[2 Sam 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16 / Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27,29 / Luke 1:67-79] All through my life, I have looked to the night sky on Christmas Eve. It helps me to imagine what a magnificent sight it must have … Continue reading

Friday of the Fourth Week of Advent

[Malachi 3:1-4,23-24 / Psalm 25:4-5,8-9,10,14 / Luke 1:57-66] When John was born we are told that: “All who heard these things, took them to heart saying: ‘What, then will this child be?’” Supernatural interventions seldom attend the birth of children … Continue reading

Thursday of the Fourth Week in Advent

[1 Sam 1:24-28 / Psalm 1 Sam 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8abcd / Luke 1:46-56] The two mothers who appear in today’s readings, Hannah and Mary, epitomize three attitudes that we are invited to cultivate during this Advent season, namely, confidence, … Continue reading

Wednesday of the Fourth Week in Advent

[Songs 2:8-14 / Ps 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21 / Lk 1:39-45] To visit someone is one of the most human experiences. We may have several reasons to visit: to celebrate an anniversary, to give comfort, and sometimes to express disappointments. When … Continue reading

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent

[Is 7:10-14 / Ps 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 / Luke 1:26-38] Last month, our congregation was gifted with the visit of sisters Marie Therese and Maria, former Prioresses Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena, Erbil, Iraq. As I listened to … Continue reading

Monday of Fourth Week of Advent

[Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a / Ps 71:3-4a, 5-6ab, 16-17 / Lk 1:5-25] What a beautiful story of God’s faithfulness and great mercy we have been given in the Gospel reading of today’s scriptures. As we enter the last week of Advent … Continue reading

Fourth Sunday of Advent

[Isa 7:10-14 / Ps 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 / Rom 1:1-7 / Matt 1:18-24] God is with us. Sure. If He weren’t with us, we wouldn’t be here. We live, move, and have our being in Him. He is divine love, … Continue reading