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 Tuesday, First Week of Advent

“I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.” –Luke 10:21-22 The first time someone told me that I should consider diversifying my assets, I became physically ill and wanted to check myself into the nearest Urgent Care. This bruising moment of adult realization caused intense mourning for days of sandboxes and dressing up as Robin for Halloween. When Continue reading Gospel Reflection for Tuesday, First Week of Advent

Gospel Reflection for Monday, First Week of Advent

by Gretchen Pacheco, Guest Contributor to Catholic Majority   When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.” He said to him, “I will come and cure him.” The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man subject to authority, with soldiers Continue reading Gospel Reflection for Monday, 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

Thoughts on the Feast of Christ the King

Happy Feast of Christ the King of the Universe! Pope Pius XI initiated this feast in 1925 in response to the rise of secularism and a waning faith in Christ as a king. As we know, Jesus was called the Christ, the anointed one and ruler who would ultimately free the Jewish people from the hands of Roman rule. Pius XI in the early 1900s could see nationalism and secularism on the rise and faith in Christ’s ‘reign’ waning, so Continue reading Thoughts on the Feast of Christ the King

Today’s Gospel: It Works if You Work It

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Matthew is known for his telling of Jesus’ parables, and this Sunday we have the parable of the seed which fell on a path, rocky ground, among thorns, and finally among rich soil. God’s word is the seed and we are that which the seed falls upon. The seed’s fate for the first three is explained: Birds pick it up, the growth was scorched, or the thorns choked it up. But the rich soil? A different fate. The seed on rich Continue reading Today’s Gospel: It Works if You Work It

Unexpected Rest

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Today, the 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Matthew gives us a passage of Christ speaking to his apostles in what has almost has become a greeting card found in the sympathy section: “Come to me all you who labor and are burdened and I will give you rest.” Two months ago, a friend overdosed on drugs and attempted to cut herself with the hopes of death. The only reason she lived, she tells me, was that the sleeping pills and Continue reading Unexpected Rest

St. Lucy and What the Fox Said

Today we celebrate the feast of virgin and martyr, St. Lucy, patron saint of the blind. She is often represented in art as holding two eyeballs on a dish, an unconfirmed symbol of the legend of the torture she endured under the reign of Diocletian in which there was heavy persecution of those practicing Christianity. St. Lucy was betrothed to a pagan, but refused; protecting the flower of her virginity in Christ’s name. Meanwhile her mother was miraculously cured of Continue reading St. Lucy and What the Fox Said