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Mary Visits Elizabeth II
Monday, 21 Dec, 2009 – 0:00 | No Comment
Mary Visits Elizabeth II

This year, we read Luke’s account of Mary’s visitation to Elizabeth twice in succession.  We read the account as the gospel reading for the fourth Sunday of Advent (Year C).  But it is also …

Mary Visits Elizabeth
Sunday, 20 Dec, 2009 – 0:00 | No Comment
Mary Visits Elizabeth

The fourth Sunday of Advent Year C gives us the picture of Mary visiting Elizabeth.  The Church is like Mary, bringing Christ to those who await Him.  Below is a mindmap that relates the …

And he became mute
Saturday, 19 Dec, 2009 – 0:00 | No Comment
And he became mute

Be silent, everyone, in the presence of the LORD, for he stirs in his Holy Dwelling. (Zechariah 2:13)
uke begins his account of the …

He was just right for God’s plan
Friday, 18 Dec, 2009 – 6:14 | One Comment
He was just right for God’s plan

“Joseph was a just man” writes Matthew.  And he was.  The word dikaoiv which we translate into English as "just" is also the rendering for a Hebrew word qydu which means "devotee, pious," and …

Christmas to Epiphany
Monday, 14 Dec, 2009 – 23:49 | One Comment
Christmas to Epiphany

The Church in the Philippines is making some changes in the liturgy for Christmas this year, and it is about the re-introduction of the Christmas Vigil Mass on December 24.  Confusion may arise regarding …

Simbang Gabi 2009
Monday, 14 Dec, 2009 – 20:44 | No Comment
Simbang Gabi 2009

For the Church in the Philippines, December 16-24 is a special period in Advent. During these days, we celebrate the Simbang Gabi, a. k. a. Misa del Gallo — a series of Masses that …

Our Lady of Guadalupe
Saturday, 12 Dec, 2009 – 0:00 | No Comment
Our Lady of Guadalupe

Videos of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Part I (see the bottom of the page, on the left)
Part II
Part III

Our Lady of Guadalupe on the Web

Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine
Wikipedia: Our Lady of Guadalupe
Sancta.ORG A …

Wisdom’s Children
Friday, 11 Dec, 2009 – 0:00 | One Comment
Wisdom’s Children

Reading I: Isaiah 48:17-19
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 1:1-2,6
Gospel Reading: Matthew 11:16-19

In Matthew 11:16-19 Jesus compares the towns where he has been preaching to children playing in the marketplace: they won’t respond to the dirge of …

None Greater than John
Thursday, 10 Dec, 2009 – 0:00 | No Comment
None Greater than John

Reading I: Isaiah 41:13-20
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 145:1.9, 10-11, 12-13
Gospel Reading: Matthew 11:11-15

It is to be noted that in verses 7-19, the Baptist is contrasted first with the courtiers of King Herod (reed swaying in …

He will renew you
Wednesday, 9 Dec, 2009 – 0:00 | No Comment
He will renew you

Reading I: Isaiah 40:25-31
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 103:1-2.3-4.8, 10
Gospel Reading: Matthew 11:28-30

 
He gives strength to the fainting; for the weak he makes vigor abound. Though young men faint and grow …

Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Tuesday, 8 Dec, 2009 – 1:18 | No Comment
Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Reading I: Genesis 3:9-15.20
Resp. Psalm:  Psalm 98:1.2-3.3-4
Reading II:  Ephesians 1:3-6.11-12
Gospel Reading:  Luke 1:26-38

 

To Bernadette Soubiros, Our Lady introduced herself by saying “I am the Immaculate Conception.”  The peasant girl could not have known that nearly …

The New Exodus
Monday, 7 Dec, 2009 – 0:00 | No Comment
The New Exodus

Reading I: Isaiah 35:1-10
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 85:9-10.11-12.13-14
Gospel Reading: Luke 5:17-26

 
Isaiah 35:1-10 is an oracle about the New Exodus.  First the desert in jubilation is presented bedecked with trees and flowers. The amazing sight however …

Hastening the Parousia
Sunday, 6 Dec, 2009 – 22:17 | No Comment
Hastening the Parousia

In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, …

And You Will Hear A Voice
Saturday, 5 Dec, 2009 – 0:25 | One Comment
And You Will Hear A Voice

Reading I: Isaiah 30:19-21,23-26
Resp. Psalm: Psalm 147:1-2,5-6
Gospel Reading: Matthew 9:35-10:1, 5a, 6-8

Today’s reading from Isaiah continues the one from yesterday, about a future intervention of God in the life of His …

The Eucharist and the Messianic Banquet
Wednesday, 2 Dec, 2009 – 18:51 | No Comment
The Eucharist and the Messianic Banquet

The day’s readings have a eucharistic theme. The selection from Isaiah 25:6-10 is about the Eschatological banquet while the one from Matthew 15:29-37 is about the feeding of the multitudes — the Messianic banquet …

Images of Advent
Tuesday, 1 Dec, 2009 – 0:36 | No Comment
Images of Advent

The weekday lectionary during strong seasons does not change from year to year. Changes occur when the Sanctoral (the book of the celebration of the Saints) overlaps with the liturgical season’s daily schedule. For this …