Unto us a child is born—but this one is different!

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Children’s Mass homily
The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas): Dec. 24, 2015
Vigil Mass

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Choosing his own grandfather

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Children’s Mass homily
The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas): Dec. 24, 2014
Vigil Mass

Isa 62:1-5; Ps 89; Acts 13:16-17, 22-25; Matt 1:18-25 (more…)

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This Christmas, pause to reflect

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The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas): Dec. 25, 2012
Mass during the Day
Isa 52:7-10; Ps 98:1-6; Heb 1:1-6; John 1:1-5, 9-14

There is a man who tells the story of when he was growing up, many years ago. His mother played the piano at their church, for over thirty years; and she tried to teach him to play the piano as well. He wasn’t very good at it, or very interested, but she tried. She taught him about scales, and major and minor keys. And one day she told him that the best news in the world could be found by playing a simple scale on the piano. What could she possibly mean? She told him to play an 8-note scale. He did. No, she said, you played it wrong; you need to play it from high to low. So he did. How was that good news? Well, she said, you played it right, but you left out the pauses: (more…)

La Luz que penetra nuestras tinieblas

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La Navidad del Señor, Misa vespertina de la Vigilia:
24 Diciembre 2011

Is 62, 1-5; Sal 88; Hch 13, 16-17.22-25; Mt 1, 1-25

¡Qué bonita es esta época del año! ¡Qué bonito es el adorno de la iglesia esta tarde!—las luces brillando en los arboles; las flores vertiendo desde el santuario. Y este Belén hermoso, inclusive este pastorcillo, nuevo en este año.

Y así paramos un momento en el resplandor, para disfrutarlo, con todos los regalos y las tarjetas y las canciones y las horas juntos con la familia y los amigos. Una canción en inglés declara que ésta es “la época más maravillosa del año.”

Y entonces recogemos y guardamos todo, fuera de la vista, unos 10 o 11 meses. ¿Por qué? Si todo es tan maravilloso, ¿por qué pasa en solo una parte del año? (more…)

More than tinsel: The Light of the World penetrates our darkness

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Christmas, Vigil Mass: December 24, 2011
Isa 62:1-5; Ps 89; Acts 13:16-17, 22-25; Matt 1:1-25

How beautiful it all is, this time of year! Everywhere, even here in the church, we see lights twinkling in the trees. And we have these glorious flowers pouring forth from the sanctuary. And this handsome nativity scene, including the new shepherd boy figure this year.

And so we pause in its glow, and take it all in, with the gifts and the cards and the songs and the times together with family and friends. One song tells us: “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

And then we put it all away in storage, for 10 or 11 months. Why? If it’s so wonderful, why is it only one part of the year? (more…)