Gospel Reflection for Monday, Second Week of Advent

by Gretchen Pacheco, Guest Contributor to Catholic Majority   In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to Continue reading Gospel Reflection for Monday, 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 Thursday, First Week of Advent

Jesus said to his disciples: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.” –Matthew 7:21 Words are cheap. St. Francis knew this. He is attributed with the notion of ‘preaching the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, (using) words.’ The bucket of clichés that amounts to ‘actions speak louder than words’ are many, and probably because it contains more than Continue reading Gospel Reflection for Thursday, 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

Gospel Reflection for First Sunday of Advent

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Happy Advent to all! from Catholic Majority!  Welcome to our preparation time before Christmas. Watch, therefore; you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming,whether in the evening, or at midnight,or at cockcrow, or in the morning. May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!’” – Matthew 13:36-37 Today is the first Sunday of Advent. In this first week’s Gospel, Jesus asks us to watch and stay awake. Continue reading Gospel Reflection for First Sunday of Advent

Easter Vigil

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Darkness has fallen on us. The alleluias have fallen to their most silent. The ropes of the church bells left un-pulled. Statues have been covered, the crucifix is veiled, and not a single flower fills the church with its scent. Candles are left wanting for flame. Even the Eucharist itself has been taken from its place of honor. This is how we start the Easter Vigil. Then, from one single light – the new paschal candle lit from the Easter fire – we begin Continue reading Easter Vigil

Good Friday: Commending our Spirits

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Good Friday. How can we call this day “good”? The red glows with the blood of Christ and the austere Church reflects the emptiness felt by the death of a friend. We enter in silence, as the clergy prostrate, a sign of supreme reverence, ultimate humility and willful submission to He who submitted his life to conquer mortality. Once again we hear the passion of Christ, as on Palm Sunday. Listening to the Gospel according to John, we take in Continue reading Good Friday: Commending our Spirits

Holy Thursday

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We begin the Triduum – three continuous days where we enter the Passion, death and Resurrection of Christ – one continuous service that leads us from complete darkness into light starting on Thursday and culminating on Saturday. We start with Holy Thursday. Three things happen on Holy Thursday: Institution of the Priesthood; the Eucharist; and a Love stronger than death. 1) The word priest comes from Presbyter, etymologically from Greek meaning ‘elder’ or as one who leads. The priesthood was an Continue reading Holy Thursday