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O Come Let Us Adore Him

A reflection on the Feast of the Epiphany. The readings are Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72; Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6 and Matthew 2:1-12.

 

The Wise Men arrive to worship Jesus in the Sony Pictures movie, The Star.

 

One of my favourite Christmas songs is “Oh Come all ye faithful… joyful and triumphant. O, come ye, o come ye, to Bethlehem….” I like it because I think that’s what Christmas is about. That’s what our Christian living is about: Going to Bethlehem.

But today is the feast of the Epiphany, when we hear about the visit of the Wise Men and there is another song that you may hear about three kings of orient who traverse a far. There’s is even another song (that I hope you don’t hear at Mass), but that today may remind you of, because today is the 12th day of Christmas. But Christmas has nothing to do with lords-a-leaping or maids-a-milking. Still it makes me wonder why we think that there are only 12 days of Christmas.

In fact, it used to be that Christmas lasted until February 2nd – the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple. But nowadays, the liturgical calendar tells us that the Christmas season ends next weekend, with the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord.

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The Church is Catholic

A reflection on the 3rd Sunday, Advent C. The readings are Zephanaiah 3:14-18a; Isaiah 12:2-3, 4, 5-6; Philippians 4:4-7 and Luke 3:10-18. But my reflection today is the third in a series on the Four Marks of the Church from my parish.

4 Marks of the Church part 3: The Church is Catholic

Today is the third Sunday of Advent, a day when we rejoice because Christ is coming soon. That’s why we lighten up our purple a bit and we call today, “Gaudete Sunday” or rejoice Sunday.

For the last couple of weeks, also we have been learning about the 4 Marks of the Church, as professed in the Creed: One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic.

How many of you had actually heard of the 4 Marks of the Church before now? I have to be honest; I had never heard of the 4 Marks of the Church until about 10 years ago. I thought the four Marks were four guys: Mark the evangelist, Mark the apostle, Mark the disciple of Peter and, I don’t know, Mark the little brother of Jude…

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Cristo viene pronto

Reflección para el primer domingo de Adviento, Ciclo C.
Las lecturas son Jeremias 33:14-16; Salmo 25; Tesalonicenses 3:12-4:2 y Lucas 21:25-28, 34-36.

Dentro de un mes estaremos todos gritando “feliz año nuevo” y celebrando la llegada del 2019, pero la Iglesia, celebra el año nuevo hoy. Hoy es el primer domingo de Adviento, cuando comienza el nuevo año litúrgico. Y al igual que con el año nuevo que viene con todas clases de predicciones culturales, económicas, políticas y sociales, nuestro adviento también comienza con algunas predicciones y algunas advertencias.

El profeta Jeremías, de quien escuchamos en la primera lectura, se pasó toda su vida diciéndole al pueblo de Israel que la cosa se iba a poner bien fea si no cambiaban sus caminos – si no regresaban a los caminos del Señor. Nadie quería escuchar ese mensaje – no muy distinto al mensaje de varios políticos populistas de nuestros días que solo quieren meterle miedo a la gente – todo lo malo que va a suceder si aceptamos a esos refugiados, o si firmamos ese tratado o lo que sea. Aunque parece que hoy en día la gente si se come esos mensajes.
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Jumping off the plane without a parachute

A reflection for the 32th Sunday, Ordinary Time, B. The readings are 1 Kings 17:10-16; Psalm 146; Hebrews 9:24-28 and Mark 12:28-44.

 

I don’t know about this widow in today’s Gospel. I don’t think she’s very responsible and I don’t think that she’s really making much of a sacrifice that’s an example for me.

See, if she really has nothing and has begged for these coins – which we understand to be worth a few cents – then, shouldn’t she be going to get a coffee and a donut or something? Especially if she is – like I’ve seen her depicted in many works of art – a young widow and a mother of a young child. If she had two bucks that someone gave her to buy food or milk for her baby, she shouldn’t put in the Temple offering. She should go buy milk. If she had $10, maybe she can put $5 in the basket and then go get some milk and food for her or her baby. But apparently she didn’t have $10, but a few cents… which leads me to conclude that she is actually not an example for me. If you have nothing, it’s not much of a sacrifice to give it all away.   It makes no difference to her whether she has 50 cents or nothing.

If you have $100,000 and you have to give it all away, that’s a sacrifice. When you have nothing much, it’s not a sacrifice to give it all away. Read more…