Third Saturday in Advent
Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11 ; Psalms 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19 ; Matthew 17:10-13
Elijah will indeed come and restore all things; but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him but did to him whatever they pleased.
Matthew 17, 11-12
There were many people, in Jesus’ day, who were renowned for their religious fervor – men and women who adamantly upheld proper doctrines of faith and who praised the prophets with their lips. Jesus shocked his disciples by explaining to them that some of these fervent followers were actually very far from following God’s ways. Some of these religious people couldn’t even recognize Elijah when he stood right in front of them – in the person of John the Baptist. The problem with these people wasn’t with their religion, or their understanding of it; the problem was with their stubborn hearts. Their stubbornness prevented them from recognizing Elijah, and it prevented them from recognizing the Messiah as well. Read More…
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Genesis 3:9-15, 20 ; Psalms 98:1, 2-3, 3-4 ; Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12 ; Luke 1:26-38
The Lord has made His victory known.
Psalm 98, 2
I wish more were done to eliminate the confusion between today’s Feast Day – which commemorates the conception of Mary – and the Feast of the Annunciation, when we recall the conception of Jesus. Read More…
Talk Given at Our Advent Mini Retreat, 2006
Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said,
“Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”
And Mary said:
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name. Read More…