Posts Tagged ‘Advent’

Intensifying our Preparation for Christmas with the Antiphons of Advent

Monday, December 18th, 2017

One of the more striking hymns that everyone associates with Advent is O Come, O Come Emmanuel, which captures so beautifully the longing for the Messiah. It is one of the songs called the “O Antiphons,” each of which reveals some part of what God’s people have yearned for in their Savior.  The antiphons are […] [Read more]

Prepare the Way of the Lord

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Amidst all the preparations, decorating and shopping this Advent season, the voice of John the Baptist cries out to us, “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths!” (Mark 1:3) The way of the Lord is love and mercy, light and salvation which leads out of the spiritual desert to the spring of […] [Read more]

The Perfect Gift

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

Today begins the liturgical season of Advent, during which the Church prepares to receive the fullness of God’s promise. We recall the centuries and millennia when the world awaited the arrival of our Lord and Savior. There is also an intensifying of the Church’s expectations for the future as we reflect on what it means […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: Bringing the Light of Advent to a Black Friday Culture

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

The use of the term, “Black Friday,” to identify the day after Thanksgiving has always struck me as appropriate given how swiftly our society turns its attention from thanking God for our many blessings to scrambling to the stores in the middle of the night to find a bargain on the “perfect gift” for Christmas.  […] [Read more]

The Light of the World

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Inevitably at some point in the busyness of planning for Christmas, we should find ourselves asking “What does Christmas really mean?” We know it is more than exchanging gifts and getting lost in the beauty of a winter night brightened by Christmas lights and decorations. On this holy day of Christmas and at every Mass, […] [Read more]

Jesus is Emmanuel, God With Us

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

What is it like to see the face of God?  At the beginning, Adam and Eve had walked with him in the Garden, but they rejected his gifts and without a pure heart, they could no longer see God.  With humanity thereafter affected by sin, Abraham never saw the Lord’s face in all his glory […] [Read more]

What Children Can Teach Us

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Children are at the heart of Christmas. The tree, the exchange of gifts, and all the excitement of the season are more joyful when they involve youngsters. In a more important sense, Christmas brings us the person of the infant Jesus, who among other things reminds us of the simplicity, the hope, the exuberance, the […] [Read more]

Who is Jesus?

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

In today’s Gospel, we hear how John the Baptist sent his followers to ask Jesus, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” (Matthew 11:3). John was asking for clear affirmation that Jesus is the one for whom the world had longed. One of the perennial favorites on many […] [Read more]

The Gift and Power of Love

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

“What do you want for Christmas?” It is estimated that this year several billion dollars will be spent in this country on Christmas gifts – from toys for kids to clothing to the latest electronic devices, jewelry and more to put under the tree. Clearly, the exchange of tangible gifts is a significant part of […] [Read more]

Repent and Prepare the Way of the Lord

Monday, December 5th, 2016

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:1). In these weeks of Advent looking forward to Christmas, this voice of John the Baptist crying out in the desert rings afresh in our ears today. The Precursor of Jesus urges us to contritely admit our wrongs and failings before God and seek his […] [Read more]