Today's Mass Readings

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December 31, 2017

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14 (or Genesis 15:1–6; 21:1–3); Psalm 128; Colossians 3:12-21; Luke 2:22-40

Let the peace of Christ rule… Colossians 3:15

Preachers today won’t touch the text: “Wives, be subordinate to your husbands…”

That is because the current cultural tension over male-female dominance issues blocks out Paul’s focus on Jesus. Notice his words “as the Lord....

December 30, 2017

The Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas

1John 2:12-17; Psalm 96; Luke 2:36-40


Jesus is a “Savior for all seasons” of Christian life:

Childhood: “I write to you, children, because you know the Father.”

Because Jesus died to make God “our Father in heaven” we grew up as children secure in the knowledge of God as a loving Father who would protect us, provide for us, and make us happy for all eternity (...

December 29, 2017

The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas

1John 2:3-11; Psalm 96; Luke 2:22-35

Sing to the LORD a new song.… Tell his glory…. Psalm 96:1... What is the new song? What is God’s glory?

It is the song of Jesus. Jesus came to cast new light on earth: to reveal that God loves all of us, and that all of us can love one another—as Jesus does.

Jesus reveals the glory of God loving all in all.

In heaven, “We wil...

December 28, 2017

Feast of the Holy Innocents, martyrs

1John 1:5 to 2:22; Psalm 124; Matthew 2:13-18


If we acknowledge our sins, he… will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing 1John 1:9.

Who really knows my sins? Not just my acts of sin, but the deep sinfulness they come out of: the false views of myself and others? The persistent desires I can’t get rid of?  The things in me that make me beg, “A clea...

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