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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Second Sunday of Advent

On this Second Sunday of Advent, we witness the entry into the Advent Season of that great prophetic figure of Saint John the Baptist; a man totally committed to the will of God. The Mass readings of this past week help us to remember the Lord, whom John only met once, but whom we have […]

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Christ the King

Throughout the Scriptures, God is called a king. He is the King of Israel, and yet the ancient people of Israel didn’t want God to be their king because they wanted to be like everyone else.  They wanted a human king, a powerful leader who could lead them into battle, and they wanted somebody who […]

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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

There is a side to us that identifies with the insecurity of the man who is severely punished for his laziness in not using God’s gifts to the full.  This man was so wrapped up in himself and his personal concerns that he failed to face up to his responsibilities.  At the end of his […]

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