Since its fourth-century origins in Western Europe, the season of Advent has undergone various configurations, purposes and focuses depending on who was celebrating it, where, how and why.
Q: In preparing to read the Scripture readings at the coming Sunday Masses, I noticed that the readings for the last Sundays of Ordinary Time and the First Sunday of Advent all highlight the final, glorious coming of Christ. Why is that? Also, why is Advent the beginning of the liturgical year? Thank you. A: […]
Third Century FEAST November 22 Cecilia was honored as a martyr from about 545. According to a written legend, “The Passion of St. Cecily,” she was a Roman Christian of the patrician class betrothed to the pagan Valerian. But she told him she had made a vow of virginity, and persuaded him to convert. His […]
Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe First Reading: 2 Samuel 5:1-3 Responsorial Psalm: 122:1-5 Second Reading: Colossians 1:12-20 Gospel Reading: Luke 23:35-43 By Jean Denton It’s not easy to get your head around the concept of the kingdom of God and its meaning for your own life. Then, just when you […]
I’m in the process of re-reading a spiritual classic from the Russian Orthodox tradition: “The Way of a Pilgrim.” This little text, whose author is unknown to us, concerns a man from mid 19th-century Russia who found himself deeply puzzled by St. Paul’s comment in first Thessalonians that we should “pray unceasingly.”
Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time First Reading: Malachi 3:19-20a Responsorial Psalm: 98:5-9 Second Reading: 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12 Gospel: Luke 21:5-19 By Sharon K. Perkins During my childhood, long before the days of downloadable music and satellite radio, there was vinyl (which, curiously, is making a comeback!). In our home, there was quite a collection of […]
Advent is a time for serious reflection on our lives as disciples of Jesus, whose return we are called not simply to expect but to prepare for — with great care as well as great joy.
Q. Recently, while watching EWTN, I heard a priest say that some theologians now believe that John the Baptist was born without original sin. This was new information for me, but then I looked at the Gospel of Luke (1:15) where the angel Gabriel tells Zechariah that his son John will be “filled with the […]
Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time First Reading: 2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14 Responsorial Psalm: 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15 Second Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2:16–3:5 Gospel Reading: Luke 20:27-38 By Jeff Hedglen While reading this week’s Scriptures a song from the 2005 David Crowder Band album, A Collision, came to mind. One line in the song says, “Everybody […]
The faith of the church is that those who are in the heavenly realm participate more intensely in the infinite intelligence of God, that intelligence which embraces all of space and all of time.
Q. About five years ago, my work transferred me out of state. At the time, I was attending my local Catholic church, which was clustered with two other parishes. We had a vibrant Catholic community with Masses each day of the week, weeknight Bible study and prayer groups and, on weekends, multiple Masses from which […]
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time First Reading: Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18 Responsoral Psalm: 34:2-3, 17-19, 23 Second Reading: 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 Gospel Reading: Luke 18:9-14 By Deacon Mike Ellerbrock When I pointed out in a homily that not all saints are officially canonized, a woman said to me after Mass, “That may be true, but […]