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
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
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
Three days after Christmas, the Church celebrates the feast of the Holy Innocents. Innocent children under two years of age in the surrounding region of Bethlehem were murdered at the hands of Herod, king of the Jews. Afraid that a babe was born who would threaten his kingship, Herod ordered them slaughtered. Historically, the numbers are unknown, though for Matthew the evangelist, this fulfills two prophecies: One from Hosea and another from Jeremiah. (The gospel reading for this day is Matthew Continue reading The Holy Innocents and Rachel
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
The Vatican is a myth. That’s the first lesson to be learned from John Allen‘s book All the Pope’s Men: The Inside Story of How the Vatican Really Thinks. To be clear, there is a small city-state completely surrounded by Italy and recognized as Vatican City. That part is real. There are also Vatican gardens and museums. But to assert that there is a monolithic entity known as “the Vatican” that represents one point of view is to tell an untruth. Continue reading Meaningful Dialogue & the Myth of the Vatican
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