5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

In many households and families, the late afternoon and early evening hours are especially critical.  These are the hours when all the hopes, the disappointments, the energy and the fatigue of the day all converge on the home.  Adult members of the family come home from work and must immediately put all the day’s tensions […]

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4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

On Sundays we don’t hear the Entrance Antiphon because we sing a hymn, but the Entrance Antiphon for today’s Mass provides a theme in itself for the homily: Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from the nations, to give thanks to your holy name, and make it our glory to praise you.  […]

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The 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today’s readings speak about the shortness of human life, and the importance of repentance, and the need to prepare for the life to come.  You may have heard the story of the parish priest who tried to make this very point one Sunday morning, and announced to his congregation that: “Everyone in this parish is […]

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The 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today’s Gospel is very much a word painting of two extraordinary people.  One is John the Baptist, who receives a great deal of attention and doesn’t like it.  The other is Andrew who is put on everyone’s back burner, and really couldn’t care less. John is most definitely the star of the show.  He is […]

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The Epiphany of the Lord

Why did you come here today? For whom do you seek? After Easter and Pentecost, the Feast of the Epiphany is the oldest liturgical feast in the Church’s calendar, older even than the celebration of Christmas.  The word epiphany is derived from a Greek word that means to manifest or to show oneself.  The Incarnate Word […]

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The Holy Family

What does it mean to be a family?  What does it mean to be responsible as persons in a family?  Well, I suppose it all depends on what we mean by ‘family’ – the concept is so confused in our secular and promiscuous society.  What groupings of people living together should be defined as family? […]

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Third Sunday of Advent

The early Church found John the Baptist a very uncomfortable person to come to terms with, and had some difficulty fitting him into the scheme of things.  There is no doubt he was a very charismatic figure who certainly attracted the crowds.  And this energetic power seems to have lasted long after his death.   Groups […]

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