Today's Mass Readings

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December 11, 2019

The Responsorial Psalm gives us an answer to discouragement: “O bless the Lord, my soul!” (Psalm 103).

Discouragement is the greatest obstacle we have to overcome in seeking fulfillment in life. After all, to be totally fulfilled, to live life “to the full,” is to be like God. And Isaiah 40: 25-31 quotes God asking: “To whom then will you compare me, or who is my equal?”

And yet, Jesus said that the...

December 10, 2019

The Responsorial Psalm tells us what to rely on in seeking to change the world: “The Lord our God comes in

strength” (Isaiah 40).

When Isaiah 40: 1-11 tells us “The glory of the Lord shall be revealed….” he uses the language of power. God “rules by his strong arm.” But God doesn’t use “strongarm” tactics. Rather, “like a shepherd he feeds his flock; in his arms he gathers the lambs… leading the ewes...

December 9, 2019

The Responsorial Psalm is our song of support as we work for change: “Our God will come to save us!

(Psalm 85).

To take on a task as daunting as the renovation of human society all over the world, we need something to encourage us! And we find it in Isaiah 35: 1-10: “Strengthen the hands that are feeble, make firm the knees that are weak. Say to those whose hearts are frightened: ‘Be strong, fear n...

December 8, 2019

THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT (YEAR A)

Jesus Gives Meaning to Life

Appreciating and Accepting Jesus as:

 “Son of David” — who gives a guiding goal to all human endeavor

Inventory

Where do I think the world is going? Do I feel empowered to affect it? What role do I think Jesus plays in the transformation of society?

The Entrance Antiphon is a summons to hope: “The Lord will come to save all nations.” Does...

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