Gospel Reflection for Tuesday, Second Week of Advent

Jesus said to his disciples: “What is your opinion? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray? And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not stray. In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father than one of these little Continue reading Gospel Reflection for Tuesday, Second Week of Advent

Gospel Reflection for Second Sunday of Advent

Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” (Mark 1:6-8) Today’s gospel reading starts with an introductory line, “The beginning of the good news of Continue reading Gospel Reflection for Second Sunday of Advent

Gospel Reflection for Friday, First Week of Advent

As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out, “Son of David, have pity on us!” When he entered the house, the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I can do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they said to him. Then he touched their eyes and said, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.” And their eyes were opened. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” Continue reading Gospel Reflection for Friday, First Week of Advent

Gospel Reflection for Wednesday, First Week of Advent

“At that time: Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, went up on the mountain, and sat down there.” (Matthew 15:29)   When was the last time you walked by the sea, went up on a mountain, or simply sat? All too frequently, our lives, particularly around the holidays, are spent running around in the concrete blocks that are the mall, spent under flourescent lights at the office, and stretching ourselves thin to visit with family and friends, because these are Continue reading Gospel Reflection for Wednesday, First Week of Advent

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul

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I’ve often wondered about the origin of the phrase “robbing Peter to pay Paul,” but never bothered to look it up. Since today is the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles, I thought I would take the time to do some research and get to the origin of this phrase. The meaning of the phrase is “taking something from one person/source, and using it to pay another.” As a child, I had hoped there was a more specific Biblical origin Continue reading Robbing Peter to Pay Paul

Feast of the Holy Family

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Today, the Sunday between Christmas and New Year’s Day, the Church celebrates the feast of the Holy Family. Strictly speaking, the feast celebrates the familial tie between Jesus, his mother, Mary, and his father, Joseph. While all members of the Holy Family have their own feast day (and frequently, more than one day, celebrating different aspects of each), today is set aside to recognize and commemorate them as a family unit. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph are held up as a Continue reading Feast of the Holy Family

Saint John the Apostle, Model of Friendship

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Today, December 27th, the Church celebrates the feast of Saint John, the apostle. Of all the disciples (Peter being the exception), John seems to be held in the highest esteem, both by later Christians and by Christ himself. While Peter’s fame seems to derive from his prominent place in the Gospels as well as his leadership role among the apostles, John is known for both Christ’s affection for him, and for his sheer longevity. Although early Church Fathers considered the Continue reading Saint John the Apostle, Model of Friendship

What Christmas Means to Me: O Holy Night

When I was young, Christmas was, without a doubt, my favorite day of the year. A sensitive child who was easily overwhelmed, I quite literally vomited from all the excitement every Christmas morning, without fail. The tradition was: I would wake up before anyone else and look at all the presents under the tree, run to the bathroom to throw up, and then would take my Santa-filled stocking into my bedroom to start eating candy and playing with the toys Continue reading What Christmas Means to Me: O Holy Night

Holy Old Saint Nicholas

We celebrate Christmas — the birth of Christ — each December 25th. On a more secular note, it is also the day during which Santa travels around the world delivering presents to all the boys and girls. But the basis for Santa is anything but secular, and each December 6th is a wonderful opportunity to remind ourselves of Saint Nicholas, and the meaning of selflessness. 1,670 years ago, Santa Claus still walked amongst us. Prior to moving to the North Continue reading Holy Old Saint Nicholas