14th. December, 2011

Saint of the day: St. John of the Cross (1541-1591) Today’s Mass Readings: Isaiah 45:6-8,18-21,35 / Luke 7:18-23 Today’s feast of St. John of the Cross fits in very nicely to our Advent journey since he, like his name-sake, John the Baptist, is a reformer. John of the Cross suffered...

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13th December, 2011

Saint of the day:  St. Lucy (d 304) Today\’s Mass Readings: Zephniah 3:1-2, 9-13 / Matthew 21: 28-32 My first thoughts on this Feast of St. Lucy – given that we hear in the Gospel the parable of the two sons: one who says “Yes, I’ll go to the vineyard...

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12th December, 2011

Zech 2:14-17 or Rev 11:19-12:110 / Lk 1:26-38  This Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe – “Patroness of the Americas” – comes in this third week of Advent and seems not to be celebrated universally. However, it does give us yet another image of Mary and her role in being...

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11th Dec, 2011

3rd Sunday of Advent Saint of the day: St. Damasus I (305?-384) Scripture Readings for the Mass:  Isaiah 61:1-2,10-11 /  Ist Thes. 5:16-24 / John 1:6-8,19-28 On this “Gaudete Sunday” we are reminded that we are essentially “Easter People” and “Alleluia” is our cry. We are told to rejoice for...

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Dec 11, 2011

 3rd Sunday of Advent Saint of the day: St. Damasus I (305?-384) Mass Readings:  Isaiah 61:1-2,10-11 / Ist Thes. 5:16-24 / John 1:6-8,19-28 On this “Gaudete Sunday” we are reminded that we are essentially “Easter People” and “Alleluia” is our cry. We are told to rejoice for our redemption is at...

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9th December, 2011

Feast: St Juan Diego (1474-1548) Isaiah 48:17-19 / Matthew 11:16-19 The promises that we are hearing these Advent days from the Prophet Isaiah are reminding us over and over that the Lord will bring prosperity and salvation to us if we only listen. That seems to be the key word...

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10th December, 2011

SoG Bernard/Quintavel (d1246?) Sirach 48:1-4,9-11 /Matthew 17:9a, 10-1  I often wonder why we have such difficulty dealing with death since it is so obviously such a clearly visible reality all around us. Nothing that is given life – from the tiniest microbe to the giant whales – last forever. “There...

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St. Eligus (590-659)

Isaiah 26:1-6 / Matthew 7:21,24-27 Today’s Advent Liturgy ties us together around the theme of a protected  eg. Walled city and a house which is built on solid rock.  If we let those images expand in our mind we might come to a deeper understanding of the start of our...

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St. Sturninus Martyred 257

Isaiah 11:1-10 / Luke 1021-24 The words from today’s Gospel: “…you have hidden your presence from the learned and revealed it to little children.” (my loose translation)  It resounds other statements of Jesus:  “Unless you become like little children you shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” 

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St. Andrew (1st C)

Romans 10:9-18 / Matthew 4:18-22 My first prayer this morning included this verse, “Jesus Christ is the Light of the Apostles.  Come let us walk in his way.”  That short phrase seems to wrap up all that it means to be an apostle.  The Gospel continues on this theme and...

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