Today's Mass Readings

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December 31, 2019

The Responsorial Psalm still invites us, “Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice” (Psalm 96).

1 John 2: 18-21 gives us an unexpected reason for rejoicing: “Many antichrists have appeared…. They went out from us, but…. their desertion shows that they were not really of our number.”

John is talking about people who left the Church preaching a view of life in radical contradiction to the truth r...

December 30, 2019

The Responsorial Psalm invites us again, “Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice” (Psalm 96).

1 John 2: 2-17 tells us why: “because your sins have been forgiven… because you know him who is from the beginning… because you have conquered the Evil One… because you know the Father… you are strong and the word of God remains in you….

John acknowledges the power of “the world,” meaning the infect...

December 29, 2019

HOLY FAMILY SUNDAY

(The first Sunday after Christmas)

Appreciating and Accepting Jesus as:

“Emmanuel – God-with-us” who interacts with us in human ways

     

Inventory

Whom do you know best in your family? How did that happen? Did you spend more time together? Talk more deeply to each other? What is it you do with your friends that makes you friends? How many of these things can you...

December 28, 2019

The Holy Innocents

The Responsorial Psalm speaks of God’s power and will to save us:

Our soul has been rescued like a bird from the fowler’s snare” (Psalm 124).

1 John 1:5 to 2:2 is based on recognition that the essential sin is simply to reject union — koinonia, fellowship, communion — with Jesus Christ. All other sins are just signs that tell us if we are in union with him or not.

For John, being i...

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