Posts Tagged ‘#PerfectGift’

Meditations on the Vigil of Christmas

Saturday, December 24th, 2016

Today you could make the 70-80 mile trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem in about an hour or two. For Joseph and Mary, however, it would have taken several days – on foot, over difficult terrain. We can suppose though that for Mary, nine months pregnant, they would have acquired the use of a donkey for […] [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]

Sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ Through Christmas Carols

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

It has become one of the most popular genres of music.  Major artists from a diversity of backgrounds record special albums of these songs and some radio stations and shopping malls play this music exclusively during the present season.  Meanwhile, every day people everywhere find themselves humming and singing along.  Christmas carols – these beautiful […] [Read more]

Being Prepared for the Coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

The Church lifts up the Advent season leading up to Christmas as a time of anticipation and waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus.  We look forward to celebrating his birth in Bethlehem, and we also meditate on the Parousia, the definitive second coming of Christ in glory when all will come to triumphant […] [Read more]

There is a Place for You in the House of the Lord

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

As the family of God gathers today on this first Sunday of Advent, we joyfully proclaim again and again in the Responsorial Psalm: “Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord” (Psalm 122). This invitation to go together to God’s house is the heart of our annual archdiocesan “Find the Perfect Gift” evangelization […] [Read more]