Christ’s New Covenant: so much deeper, stronger, further!

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6th Sunday of Easter, Year C: May 1, 2016
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Shockingly new

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The Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord:
Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God:
January 1, 2015

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Keeping Jesus’ word, from Old Law to New Law

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6th Sunday of Easter, Year C: May 5, 2013
Acts 15:1-2, 22-29; Ps 67; Rev 21:10-14, 22-23; John 14:23-29

We hear our Lord Jesus say in today’s Gospel reading: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” What beautiful words! We want that kind of peace so much. In fact, the whole world wants that kind of peace. And our Lord Jesus offers it.

But we also hear him say: “Whoever loves me will keep my word.” Now that’s different, isn’t it? It’s one thing to offer peace; it’s another thing to require obedience. (more…)

Put on the new self

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The Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord:
Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God:
January 1, 2013

At the Holy Hour
Eph 4:22-24, 4:30–5:2

We stand upon the brink of a new year. 2012, with all that it meant, is receding into the past: all its joys, all its sorrows, all of our choices and actions that we are proud of, all of those that we wish we could do over; all now behind us. And ahead of us, at our very feet, opens the vista of 2013: untrodden, unknown, open, full of possibilities.

On Christmas Day in 1939, King George VI of England quoted from a poem in his radio message. He read:

Con la Virgen María como madre y guía, ¡sé lo que eres!

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Santa María, Madre de Dios: 1 Enero 2012
Nm 6, 22-27; Sal 66; Gal 4, 4-7; Lc 2, 16-21

“Cumplidos los ocho días, circuncidaron al niño y le pusieron el nombre de Jesús.”

Hoy llegamos al día octavo de la octava de Navidad. Ésta es una práctica de la Iglesia: las fiestas más importantes, para que no desaparezcan demasiado rápido, celebramos no sólo un día, sino regresamos a ellas otra vez en el día octavo, como un eco. O las celebramos en todos los ocho días, cambiando un día en ocho. Y así, actualmente, celebramos la octava de Navidad y la octava de la Pascua.

Y tenemos una razón muy natural para celebrar la Navidad así porque, como oímos, en el día octavo después de su natividad, nuestro Señor fue circuncidado y dado el nombre de Jesús. (more…)

In this New Year, embrace the Virgin Mary as your mother and your guide

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Mary, the Holy Mother of God: January 1, 2012
Num 6:22-27; Ps 67:2-3, 5-6, 8; Gal 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21

“When eight days were completed for his circumcision, he was named Jesus.”

The Church has the practice of celebrating the octave of certain important feast days. Rather than just letting them slip away after one day of celebration, we return to celebrate them again on the eighth day, as a sort of echo. Or we celebrate all eight days, stretching one day into eight. And so it is that we currently celebrate the Octave of Christmas and the Octave of Easter.

And we have a natural reason to do this in the case of Christmas since, as we heard, on the eighth day after his birth, our Lord was circumcised and given the name Jesus. (more…)

Say Yes to God in this New Year

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Mary Mother of God: January 1, 2011
Num 6:22-27; Ps 67:2-3, 5-6, 8; Gal 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21

Today is the Octave Day of Christmas. The Church has long had the practice of celebrating the octaves of certain important feast days: that is, after celebrating the day itself, of then coming back on the 8th day and, in a way, celebrating it again, sort of like an echo or a reprise in music. Because the person, and the mystery, celebrated on those days is just too important to let it just fade away into our memories and into the past so quickly; so it seems important to bring it back again. (more…)