Christ is born! Now what?

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The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas): Dec. 25, 2014
Mass at Dawn

Isa 62:11-12; Ps 97; Tit 3:4-7; Luke 2:15-20 (more…)

Al regresar a las condiciones del siglo primero

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San Pedro y San Pablo: 29 Junio 2014
Misa del Día

Hch 12, 1-11; Sal 33; 2 Tim 4, 6-8.17-18; Mt 16, 13-19 (more…)

As we return to 1st century conditions

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Saints Peter and Paul: June 29, 2014
Mass during the Day
Acts 12:1-11; Ps 34; 2 Tim 4:6-8, 17-18; Matt 16:13-19 (more…)

Ascension of the Lord: Scouring the Shire after the enthronement of the King

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Ascension of the Lord, Year A: June 1, 2014
Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47; Eph 1:17-23; Matt 28:16-20 (more…)

No los dejaré huérfanos

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VI Domingo de Pascua, Año A: 25 Mayo 2014
Hch 8, 5-8.14-17; Sal 65; 1 Pe 3, 15-18; Jn 14, 15-21 (more…)

I will not leave you orphans

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6th Sunday of Easter, Year A: May 25, 2014
Acts 8:5-8, 14-17; Ps 66; 1 Pet 3:15-18; John 14:15-21

There’s something interesting that we should notice in our first reading, from the Book of Acts, especially during this season when so many of our students are receiving confirmation. And that is a clear, very early, example of the sacrament of confirmation—though it is not named as such.

In Acts chapter 8, it is only about 3-5 years after the Day of Pentecost: very early in the Church’s history. And Philip—not the apostle Philip, but one of the seven deacons (more…)

Epifanía: ¡que brille Jesús!

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La Epifanía del Señor: 5 Enero 2014
Is 60, 1-6; Sal 71; Ef 3, 2-3.5-6; Mt 2, 1-12 (more…)

Epiphany: Shine, Jesus, shine!

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Epiphany of the Lord: Jan. 5, 2014
Isa 60:1-6; Ps 72; Eph 3:2-3, 5-6; Matt 2:1-12

The event that we celebrate today is certainly very picturesque. These three exotic figures—the Magi, who we sometimes call the Three Kings or the Wise Men—arrive in Bethlehem. They find the Christ child and kneel down, and they offer him their gifts, which are precious and just as exotic as they are: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. It is a scene that we like to imagine and sing about, and to make into paintings and statues in the Nativity Scene. And in many countries, appropriately, it is this day that has traditionally be the day of giving gifts, in imitation of the Magi giving gifts to the baby Jesus.

But as picturesque as this scene is, there is much more to see. We note that officially we do not call this day “Three Kings Day,” but rather “Epiphany”: a word that is a synonym of “revelation” or “manifestation.” (more…)

¡Despierte y prepárese para el Adviento del Señor!

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I Domingo de Adviento, Año A: 1 Diciembre 2013
Is 2, 1-5; Sal 121; Rom 13, 11-14; Mt 24, 37-44 (more…)

Wake up and get ready for the Advent of the Lord!

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1st Sunday of Advent, Year A: Dec. 1, 2013
Isa 2:1-5; Ps 122; Rom 13:11-14; Matt 24:37-44

A few weeks ago, I was visiting one of our classes in the school; and in their religion textbook they were beginning a chapter entitled “Christ Will Come Again.” It was a chapter that presented to them this truth that we believe and that we profess each week: that Jesus will come again in glory; that we look forward to his Second Coming.

And this is the primary focus of Advent. The word “Advent” itself comes from the Latin for coming or arrival: it is Jesus’ coming, his Second Coming, that we called to look forward to, and to prepare for. (more…)