Who’s Who in Today’s Gospel? 3

I must decrease

I must decrease

Who are you in today’s Gospel?

Three types of person appear on the scene in the Gospel reading for today (Matthew 3:1-12): The one who fearlessly proclaims Christ as Lord; the crowds who go out to see to see this man;  the Pharisees and Sadducees who also go out to see him.

John is a strong and charismatic character, who draws a lot of attention to himself, although he’s fully aware that his mission is to do just the opposite.

He does not desire the attention he gets for himself (as Pharisees and Sadducees do). He identifies with his mission, which is to point us toward someone else far greater than himself.


The World Is about to Turn 5

Violet and Rose: The colors of Dawn; The colors of Advent

Violet and Rose: The colors of Dawn; The colors of Advent

From St Patrick’s Prayer (I Arise Today)

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me. More…

Santa Clause Comes Early (Every Year) 5

St Nickolas Icon courtesy of Reinkat

St Nickolas Icon courtesy of Reinkat

There are  days when a blogger gets a block and can’t come up with much to say. Then there are days when the blogger has so many ideas that he can’t think of how to put it all into one post. Happens to be the latter for me today. Of course, I don’t have to say it all. But, then again….

Good things always come in 3s, right? So here’s how I’m going to do it.  More…

The Importance of Story Telling in Advent Reply

Joseph’s faith opens him up to the unexpected ways of God

Joseph’s faith opens him up to the unexpected ways of God

“The grounds for belief and unbelief are same today as they were two thousand or ten thousand years ago.” If Joseph had lacked faith to trust God or humility to perceive the holiness of his spouse, he could have disbelieved in the miraculous origin of her Son as easily as any modern man; and any modern man who believes in God can accept the miracle as easily as Joseph did.”  — C.S. Lewis


We All Need Christ in Our Life 9

Great crowds came to him… They all ate and were satisfied

Great crowds came to him… They all ate and were satisfied

The Gospel reading in today’s Mass illustrates why we have Advent: Christ comes to us, because we need Him. He comes to us in mysterious ways in which we are spiritually healed, nourished, and restored to new life in Him.

From today’s Gospel: More…

My Favorite Advent Hymn 4

“A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom” — Isaiah 11:1

There’s nothing like Christmas music to set the tone and stir up our hearts for Christmas.

Nothing except  Advent music, of course, because Advent hymns are designed specifically for the Season before Christmas that we’re in now.

I have many Advent tunes I like a lot. This one, however, has always been my favorite. More…

Celebrating the Season of Hope 7

From the Preface of the Mass

For he assumed at his first coming the lowliness of human flesh,
and so fulfilled the design you formed long ago,
and opened for us the way to eternal salvation,
that, when he comes again in glory and majesty
and all is at last made manifest,
we who watch for that day may inherit the great promise
in which now we dare to hope.

One of my favorite Christmas songs begins: City sidewalks, busy sidewalks…  More…

3 Lessons from the Divine Teacher 6

Today’s Gospel reading (Luke 20: 27-38) opens with a question aimed at tripping Jesus up. The first word out of the Sadducees mouth reveals how might have known better. Had they known better, they might not have tried to school the Master.

Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, came forward and put this question to Jesus, saying: Teacher,…