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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-24-15

    12/23/2015 8:58:31 PM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-24-15 | Reviseed New American Bible
    December 24, 2015 Thursday of the Fourth Week of Advent Reading 1 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16 When King David was settled in his palace,and the LORD had given him rest from his enemies on every side,he said to Nathan the prophet,"Here I am living in a house of cedar,while the ark of God dwells in a tent!" Nathan answered the king,"Go, do whatever you have in mind,for the LORD is with you." But that night the LORD spoke to Nathan and said:"Go, tell my servant David, 'Thus says the LORD:Should you build me a house to dwell...
  • THE FIRST CHRISTMAS CAROL (semi-vanity)

    12/23/2015 2:02:26 AM PST · by imardmd1
    December 2012 | Fred Wittman
    THE FIRST CHRISTMAS CAROLIntroduction: Have you ever considered, What is the first Christmas Carol?A carol is a song of joyful praise involving the birth of The Lord Jesus Christ. The first carol goes all the way back to the night in which The Lord Jesus Christ was born. No, it was not the Shepherds! Neither was it the Heavenly host which the shepherds heard. But even before the angels sang, The Lord Jesus Himself sang. Yes, That Little Baby in the manger sang the first Christmas Carol. It was not heard by His parents, nor by any human being, but...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-23-15, OM, St. John of Kanty, Priest

    12/22/2015 7:18:25 PM PST · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-23-15 | Revised New American Bible
    December 23, 2015 « December 22 December 24 » Wednesday of the Fourth Week of AdventLectionary: 199 Reading 1 Mal 3:1-4, 23-24 Thus says the Lord GOD:Lo, I am sending my messengerto prepare the way before me;And suddenly there will come to the templethe LORD whom you seek,And the messenger of the covenant whom you desire.Yes, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.But who will endure the day of his coming?And who can stand when he appears?For he is like the refiner's fire,or like the fuller's lye.He will sit refining and purifying silver,and he will purify the sons of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-22-15

    12/21/2015 8:14:57 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-22-15 | Revised New American Bible
    December 22, 2015 Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent Reading 1 1 Sm 1:24-28 In those days,Hannah brought Samuel with her,along with a three-year-old bull,an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine,and presented him at the temple of the LORD in Shiloh. After the boy's father had sacrificed the young bull,Hannah, his mother, approached Eli and said:"Pardon, my lord!As you live, my lord,I am the woman who stood near you here, praying to the LORD. I prayed for this child, and the LORD granted my request. Now I, in turn, give him to the LORD;as long as...
  • Best Advent Hymn! I Wonder If You’ve Ever Heard of It

    12/18/2015 7:26:29 AM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-17-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Best Advent Hymn! I Wonder If You’ve Ever Heard of It Msgr. Charles Pope • December 17, 2015 • For my money, the best Advent hymn ever is Veni Redemptor Gentium (Come Redeemer of the Nations), written by St. Ambrose in the 4th century. It is known more widely by the title "Come Thou Redeemer of the Earth." Sadly, it is not widely sung in Catholic parishes. Most Catholics I've asked have never even heard of it.One of the beautiful things about the ancient Latin hymns is how richly theological they are. Not content to merely describe an event, they...
  • A Summary of our Salvation -- A Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

    12/20/2015 8:03:17 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-19-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Summary of our Salvation -- A Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Advent Msgr. Charles Pope • December 19, 2015 • Here on the Fourth Sunday of Advent we are close to the unfolding of the great mystery of the Word made flesh. It is easy for us to look right past it, but we do well to pause and ponder what is taught to us today about the salvation that is to unfold. One significant way we can do this is by reflecting upon the first reading today from the prophet Micah. In four short verses, we are...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-21-15, OM, St. Peter Canisius, Priest and Doctor/Church

    12/20/2015 8:59:13 PM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-21-15 | Revisd New American Bible
    December 21, 2015 Monday of the Fourth Week of Advent Reading 1 Sg 2:8-14 Hark! my lover -- here he comesspringing across the mountains,leaping across the hills.My lover is like a gazelleor a young stag.Here he stands behind our wall,gazing through the windows,peering through the lattices.My lover speaks; he says to me,"Arise, my beloved, my dove, my beautiful one,and come!"For see, the winter is past,the rains are over and gone.The flowers appear on the earth,the time of pruning the vines has come,and the song of the dove is heard in our land.The fig tree puts forth its figs,and the...
  • "Spirit-Given Faith Greets the Savior" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Advent, on Luke 1:39-56)

    12/19/2015 10:03:52 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 20, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    "Spirit-Given Faith Greets the Savior" (Luke 1:39-56) We're coming near the end of Advent, and it's time to greet the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ--not only at Christmas, but also when he comes again. Are you ready? Are you prepared? How will you greet him? Our Gospel reading today shows us how to greet him when he comes. In faith. What does that mean, "in faith"? And where does that faith come from? We'll find that out, too, as the word of the Lord comes to us today, under the theme, "Spirit-Given Faith Greets the Savior." In the Holy...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-20-15, Fourth Sunday of Advent

    12/19/2015 7:34:20 PM PST · by Salvation · 53 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-20-15 | Revised New American Bible
    December 20, 2015 Fourth Sunday of Advent Reading 1 Mi 5:1-4a Thus says the LORD:You, Bethlehem-Ephrathahtoo small to be among the clans of Judah,from you shall come forth for meone who is to be ruler in Israel;whose origin is from of old,from ancient times.Therefore the Lord will give them up, until the timewhen she who is to give birth has borne,and the rest of his kindred shall returnto the children of Israel.He shall stand firm and shepherd his flockby the strength of the LORD,in the majestic name of the LORD, his God;and they shall remain, for now his greatnessshall reach...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-19-15

    12/18/2015 8:06:38 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCb.org/RNAB ^ | 12-19-15 | Revised New American Bible
    December 19, 2015 Saturday of the Third Week of Advent Reading 1 Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a There was a certain man from Zorah, of the clan of the Danites,whose name was Manoah. His wife was barren and had borne no children. An angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her,"Though you are barren and have had no children,yet you will conceive and bear a son. Now, then, be careful to take no wine or strong drinkand to eat nothing unclean.As for the son you will conceive and bear,no razor shall touch his head,for this boy is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-18-15

    12/17/2015 8:43:50 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-18-15 | Revised New American Bible
    December 18, 2015 Friday of the Third Week of Advent Reading 1 Jer 23:5-8 Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD,when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David;As king he shall reign and govern wisely,he shall do what is just and right in the land.In his days Judah shall be saved,Israel shall dwell in security.This is the name they give him:"The LORD our justice." Therefore, the days will come, says the LORD,when they shall no longer say, "As the LORD lives,who brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt”;but rather, "As the LORD lives,who...
  • What are the "O Antiphons"?

    12/16/2015 10:09:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    CERC.org ^ | 2003 | FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS
    FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS What are the "O Antiphons"? The O Antiphons refer to the seven antiphons that are recited (or chanted) preceding the Magnificat during Vespers of the Liturgy of the Hours. They cover the special period of Advent preparation known as the Octave before Christmas, Dec. 17-23, with Dec. 24 being Christmas Eve and Vespers for that evening being for the Christmas Vigil. The exact origin of the O Antiphons is not known. Boethius (c. 480-524) made a slight reference to them, thereby suggesting their presence at that time. At the Benedictine abbey of Fleury (now Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire), these antiphons...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-17-15

    12/16/2015 9:24:33 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-17-15 | Revised New American Bible
    December 17, 2015 Thursday of the Third Week of Advent Reading 1 Gn 49:2, 8-10 Jacob called his sons and said to them:"Assemble and listen, sons of Jacob,listen to Israel, your father. "You, Judah, shall your brothers praise -- your hand on the neck of your enemies;the sons of your father shall bow down to you.Judah, like a lion's whelp,you have grown up on prey, my son.He crouches like a lion recumbent,the king of beasts -- who would dare rouse him?The scepter shall never depart from Judah,or the mace from between his legs,While tribute is brought to him,and he receives...
  • "A Ruler from Bethlehem" (Advent sermon on Micah 5:2-5a)

    12/16/2015 7:03:05 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 16, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    "A Ruler from Bethlehem" (Micah 5:2-5a) So which is it? "Too little" or "by no means least"? We're talking about Bethlehem here. On the one hand, the prophet Micah says that Bethlehem is "too little to be among the clans of Judah." But then on the other hand, in Matthew 2, we hear the chief priests and the elders saying that Bethlehem is "by no means least among the rulers of Judah." So what gives here? This sounds like two opposite views about Bethlehem: on the one hand, "little," and on the other hand, "by no means little." Well, there...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-16-15

    12/15/2015 8:18:04 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-16-15 | Revised New American Bible
    December 16, 2015 Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent Reading 1 Is 45:6c-8, 18, 21c-25 I am the LORD, there is no other;I form the light, and create the darkness,I make well-being and create woe;I, the LORD, do all these things.Let justice descend, O heavens, like dew from above,like gentle rain let the skies drop it down.Let the earth open and salvation bud forth;let justice also spring up!I, the LORD, have created this. For thus says the LORD,The creator of the heavens,who is God,The designer and maker of the earthwho established it,Not creating it to be a waste,but...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-15-15

    12/14/2015 7:30:56 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-15-15 | Revised New American Bible
    December 15, 2015 Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent Reading 1 Zep 3:1-2, 9-13 Thus says the LORD:Woe to the city, rebellious and polluted,to the tyrannical city!She hears no voice,accepts no correction;In the LORD she has not trusted,to her God she has not drawn near. For then I will change and purifythe lips of the peoples,That they all may call upon the name of the LORD,to serve him with one accord;From beyond the rivers of Ethiopiaand as far as the recesses of the North,they shall bring me offerings. On that dayYou need not be ashamed of all your...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-14-15, M, St. John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor/Church

    12/13/2015 8:18:45 PM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-14-15 | Revised New American Bible
    December 14, 2015 Memorial of Saint John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Nm 24:2-7, 15-17a When Balaam raised his eyes and saw Israel encamped, tribe by tribe,the spirit of God came upon him,and he gave voice to his oracle: The utterance of Balaam, son of Beor,the utterance of a man whose eye is true,The utterance of one who hears what God says,and knows what the Most High knows,Of one who sees what the Almighty sees,enraptured, and with eyes unveiled:How goodly are your tents, O Jacob;your encampments, O Israel!They are like gardens beside a...
  • "Or Shall We Look for Another?" (Sermon for the Third Sunday in Advent, on Luke 7:18-35)

    12/12/2015 10:48:41 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 13, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    "Or Shall We Look for Another?" (Luke 7:18-35) Options, options. Comparison shopping. Never satisfied. Always looking. The grass is always greener. That's how people are these days. They swipe a new profile on an online dating site, and they think, "Well, he looks interesting," or "She looks kinda nice," but, "but maybe I can find someone better." That's how our culture is these days. 500 channels to choose from. 6,000 websites to browse. Moving on, moving on. Always looking for something or someone better. Never content. Never satisfied. Always disappointed. No one ever lives up to our expectations. Well, we...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 12-13-15, Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday)

    12/12/2015 7:32:54 PM PST · by Salvation · 51 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-13-15 | Revised New American Bible
    December 13, 2015 Third Sunday of Advent Reading 1 Zep 3:14-18a Shout for joy, O daughter Zion!Sing joyfully, O Israel!Be glad and exult with all your heart,O daughter Jerusalem!The LORD has removed the judgment against youhe has turned away your enemies;the King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst,you have no further misfortune to fear.On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem:Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged!The LORD, your God, is in your midst,a mighty savior;he will rejoice over you with gladness,and renew you in his love,he will sing joyfully because of you,as one sings at...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-12-15, FEAST, Our Lady of Guadalupe

    12/11/2015 7:31:12 PM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-12-15 | Revised New American Bible
    December 12, 2015 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Reading 1 Zec 2:14-17 Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD.Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day,and they shall be his people,and he will dwell among you,and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you.The LORD will possess Judah as his portion in the holy land,and he will again choose Jerusalem.Silence, all mankind, in the presence of the LORD!For he stirs forth from his holy dwelling. Or Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab God's...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-11-15, OM, St. Damasus I, Pope

    12/10/2015 8:31:30 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-11-15 | Revised New American Bible
    December 11, 2015 Friday of the Second Week of Advent Reading 1 Is 48:17-19 Thus says the LORD, your redeemer,the Holy One of Israel:I, the LORD, your God,teach you what is for your good,and lead you on the way you should go.If you would hearken to my commandments,your prosperity would be like a river,and your vindication like the waves of the sea;Your descendants would be like the sand,and those born of your stock like its grains,Their name never cut offor blotted out from my presence. Responsorial Psalm PS 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 R. (see John 8:12) Those who...
  • "The Messenger of the Covenant" (Advent sermon on Malachi 3:1-7b)

    12/10/2015 12:54:25 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 9, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    "The Messenger of the Covenant" (Malachi 3:1-7b) Which messenger is which? There are two messengers mentioned in our text for today from Malachi 3--in fact, three messengers, if you include Malachi himself. So which messenger is which? We'll try to explain and untangle all this now, and we'll direct our attention especially to the most important of these messengers, namely, "The Messenger of the Covenant." The messenger of the covenant--he certainly is prominent in our text. But there's a messenger who comes before him, and he's mentioned too--that's the messenger who will prepare the way before the Lord. So that...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-10-15

    12/09/2015 7:52:55 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-10-15 | Revised New American Bible
    December 10, 2015 Thursday of the Second Week of Advent Reading 1 Is 41:13-20 I am the LORD, your God,who grasp your right hand;It is I who say to you, "Fear not,I will help you."Fear not, O worm Jacob,O maggot Israel;I will help you, says the LORD;your redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.I will make of you a threshing sledge,sharp, new, and double-edged,To thresh the mountains and crush them,to make the hills like chaff.When you winnow them, the wind shall carry them offand the storm shall scatter them.But you shall rejoice in the LORD,and glory in the Holy...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-09-15 OM, St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoazin

    12/08/2015 7:57:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-09-15 | Revised New American Bible
    December 9, 2015 Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent Reading 1 Is 40:25-31 To whom can you liken me as an equal?says the Holy One.Lift up your eyes on highand see who has created these things:He leads out their army and numbers them,calling them all by name.By his great might and the strength of his powernot one of them is missing!Why, O Jacob, do you say,and declare, O Israel,"My way is hidden from the LORD,and my right is disregarded by my God"? Do you not knowor have you not heard?The LORD is the eternal God,creator of the ends...
  • Catholic Caucus:Daily Mass Readings, 12-08-15, SOL, Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    12/07/2015 9:09:47 PM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-08-15 | Revised New American Bible
    December 8, 2015 Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1 Gn 3:9-15, 20 After the man, Adam, had eaten of the tree,the LORD God called to the man and asked him, “Where are you?”He answered, "I heard you in the garden;but I was afraid, because I was naked,so I hid myself."Then he asked, "Who told you that you were naked?You have eaten, then,from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!"The man replied, "The woman whom you put here with me,she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate it."The...
  • O Antiphons -- A Devotional Meditation

    12/07/2015 7:12:33 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-06-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    O Antiphons – A Devotional Meditation Msgr. Charles Pope • December 6, 2015 • The Catholic Church has been singing the “O Antiphons" since about the 8th century. They were first composed as antiphons to accompany the singing of the Magnificat in Vespers of the Divine Office. They were composed for the last week of Advent, December 17th -- 23rd.They are a compact and beautiful theology that draws on biblical themes of the Old Testament. As such, they proclaim the coming Christ as the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies and hopes. They also express current longings rooted in those themes....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-07-15, M, St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    12/06/2015 7:33:32 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-07-15 | Revised New American Bible
    December 7, 2015 Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Is 35:1-10 The desert and the parched land will exult;the steppe will rejoice and bloom.They will bloom with abundant flowers,and rejoice with joyful song.The glory of Lebanon will be given to them,the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;They will see the glory of the LORD,the splendor of our God.Strengthen the hands that are feeble,make firm the knees that are weak,Say to those whose hearts are frightened:Be strong, fear not!Here is your God,he comes with vindication;With divine recompensehe comes to save you.Then will the eyes of...
  • Vatican’s Climate Change Light Show, 21st Century Graffiti

    12/06/2015 9:56:35 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/06/15 | Judi McLeod
    Calling all Christians of the world: Starting on Tuesday, December 8, and carrying on through the rest of this Advent, take the words "Fall on your Knees, O hear the Angels' Voices" from the most profound 'O Holy Night,' literally Dateline: Valley of Tears-It’s Advent, when the Christian world awaits the coming of Christ. Everywhere, that is, except at the Vatican, where the Birth of the Christ Child is being forced into taking a back seat for a pagan ‘Light Show, ’ casting 3-D images of earth and animals onto the facade and cupola of Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome....
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 12-06-15, Second Sunday of Advent

    12/05/2015 7:13:53 PM PST · by Salvation · 50 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-06-15 | Revised New American Bbible
    December 6, 2015 Second Sunday of Advent Reading 1 Bar 5:1-9 Jerusalem, take off your robe of mourning and misery;put on the splendor of glory from God forever:wrapped in the cloak of justice from God,bear on your head the mitrethat displays the glory of the eternal name.For God will show all the earth your splendor:you will be named by God foreverthe peace of justice, the glory of God's worship. Up, Jerusalem! stand upon the heights;look to the east and see your childrengathered from the east and the westat the word of the Holy One,rejoicing that they are remembered by God.Led...
  • "Bear Fruits in Keeping with Repentance" (Sermon for the Second Sunday in Advent; Luke 3:1-14)

    12/05/2015 1:15:44 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 6, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    "Bear Fruits in Keeping with Repentance" (Luke 3:1-14) It's Advent. Advent is a season of hope and anticipation, as we look forward to our Lord's coming, both at Christmas and on the Last Day. But besides hope and anticipation, Advent is also a season of repentance. It is a penitential season. And this mood of repentance is also tied to our Lord's coming. For it is by repentance that we prepare the way of the Lord. Repentance is the proper preparation that befits the coming of our Lord. And not just a vague, nebulous feeling of repentance. But more than...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-05-15

    12/04/2015 8:54:59 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-05-15 | Revised New American Bible
    December 5, 2015 Saturday of the First Week of Advent Reading 1 Is 30:19-21, 23-26 Thus says the Lord GOD,the Holy One of Israel:O people of Zion, who dwell in Jerusalem,no more will you weep;He will be gracious to you when you cry out,as soon as he hears he will answer you.The Lord will give you the bread you needand the water for which you thirst.No longer will your Teacher hide himself,but with your own eyes you shall see your Teacher,While from behind, a voice shall sound in your ears:"This is the way; walk in it,"when you would turn...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-04-15, OM, St. John Damascene, Priest and Doctor/Church

    12/03/2015 7:57:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-04-15 | Revised New American Bible
    December 4, 2015 Friday of the First Week of Advent Reading 1 Is 29:17-24 Thus says the Lord GOD:But a very little while,and Lebanon shall be changed into an orchard,and the orchard be regarded as a forest!On that day the deaf shall hearthe words of a book;And out of gloom and darkness,the eyes of the blind shall see.The lowly will ever find joy in the LORD,and the poor rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.For the tyrant will be no moreand the arrogant will have gone;All who are alert to do evil will be cut off,those whose mere word...
  • Where Will You Be When the First Trumpet Sounds? A Good Question from an Advent Hymn

    12/03/2015 7:35:25 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Where Will You Be When the First Trumpet Sounds? A Good Question from an Advent Hymn Msgr. Charles Pope • December 2, 2015 • Part of the genius of the African-American spirituals is their ability to treat serious themes such as the final judgment in a creatively compelling manner that steers a middle course between unproductive fear and prideful presumption. Some of them are even playful: "I would not be a sinner. I'll tell you the reason why. I'm afraid my Lord might call my name and I wouldn't be ready to die!" Another spiritual says, "Satan wears a hypocrite's...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-03-15. M, St. Francis Xavier, Priest

    12/02/2015 10:39:44 PM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-03-15 | Revised New American Bible
    December 3, 2015 Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier, Priest Reading 1 Is 26:1-6 On that day they will sing this song in the land of Judah: "A strong city have we;he sets up walls and ramparts to protect us.Open up the gatesto let in a nation that is just,one that keeps faith.A nation of firm purpose you keep in peace;in peace, for its trust in you." Trust in the LORD forever!For the LORD is an eternal Rock.He humbles those in high places,and the lofty city he brings down;He tumbles it to the ground,levels it with the dust.It is trampled...
  • "A Righteous Branch" (Advent sermon on Jeremiah 33:14-16)

    12/02/2015 9:18:27 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 2, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    "A Righteous Branch" (Jeremiah 33:14-16) Yes, God did speak to his people of old by the prophets, and in many and various ways. And yes, now in these last days, God has spoken to us by his Son. But what I want us to do during this midweek Advent series is to see the connection between the two, namely, between how God spoke by his prophets and how God has spoken by his Son. There is a connection between the two. For those prophets of old, the Old Testament prophets, spoke of the coming of God's Son. They prophesied his...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-02-15

    12/01/2015 10:05:03 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-02-15 | Revised New American Bible
    December 2, 2015 Wednesday of the First Week of Advent Reading 1 Is 25:6-10a On this mountain the LORD of hostswill provide for all peoplesA feast of rich food and choice wines,juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.On this mountain he will destroythe veil that veils all peoples,The web that is woven over all nations;he will destroy death forever.The Lord GOD will wipe awaythe tears from all faces;The reproach of his people he will removefrom the whole earth; for the LORD has spoken. On that day it will be said:"Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us!This...
  • The Jesse Tree

    11/29/2015 4:39:29 PM PST · by Salvation · 24 replies
    Loyolapress.com ^ | not given | unknown
    The Jesse Tree The Jesse Tree helps us connect the custom of decorating Christmas trees to the events leading to Jesus' birth. The Jesse Tree is named from Isaiah 11:1: "A shoot shall come out of the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots." Jesse was the father of King David. We adorn a Jesse Tree with illustrated ornaments that represent the people, prophesies, and events leading up to the birth of Jesus. The ornaments of the Jesse Tree tell the story of God in the Old Testament, connecting the Advent season with the faithfulness...
  • Advent Is a Drama of Light and Darkness – Pondering a Season Soon to Come Upon Us

    11/23/2015 7:44:56 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-22-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Advent Is a Drama of Light and Darkness – Pondering a Season Soon to Come Upon Us Msgr. Charles Pope • November 22, 2015 • The Feast of Christ the King (celebrated yesterday) signals the end of the liturgical year. This coming Sunday marks the beginning of Advent and a new liturgical year. Perhaps then we do well to prepare by taking a look ahead just past Thanksgiving.Many people think of Advent merely as being "pre-Christmas" time: office parties, shopping, decorating, and baking. But in the Church, Advent is more a penitential period, a time of preparation for both the...
  • Five Brief Advent Reflections

    12/01/2015 8:00:37 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-30-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Five Brief Advent Reflections Msgr. Charles Pope • November 30, 2015 • The following are five Advent reflections I prepared for catechumens and candidates in our RCIA program. (They are also available in PDF here: The Season of Advent.) 1. Advent is witnessed by creation - - Late autumn and early winter are times of great seasonal change. The leaves turn brilliant colors, then fade and fall. The shadows lengthen as the days grow shorter and colder. Vacations and the warmth of summer are distant memories, and we are reminded once again that the things of this world last but...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-01-15

    11/30/2015 7:36:35 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-01-15 | Revised New American Bible
    December 1, 2015 Tuesday of the First Week of Advent Reading 1 Is 11:1-10 On that day,A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,and from his roots a bud shall blossom.The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him:a Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,A Spirit of counsel and of strength,a Spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD,and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.Not by appearance shall he judge,nor by hearsay shall he decide,But he shall judge the poor with justice,and decide aright for the land's afflicted.He shall strike the ruthless with the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-30-15, FEAST, St. Andrew, Apostle

    11/29/2015 7:25:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-30-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 30, 2015 Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle Reading 1 Rom 10:9-18 Brothers and sisters:If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lordand believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,you will be saved.For one believes with the heart and so is justified,and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.The Scripture says,No one who believes in him will be put to shame.There is no distinction between Jew and Greek;the same Lord is Lord of all,enriching all who call upon him.For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. But...
  • There’s a War on Christmas and Christmas is Losing

    11/29/2015 11:55:56 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 30 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | November 29, 2015 | JP
    Today is the first day of Advent, which marks the start of the pre-Christmas season. It is observed by many, if not most, of the Catholic faithful. And it is in popularity among Protestants, particularly those of us who count ourselves evangelical Christians. Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. During that four-week period, the Christian faithful prepare for the commemoration of the birth of Christ. Satan hates Advent. That’s because he wants to take the “Christ” out of Christmas. He doesn’t want Christmas to be a Godly “holy-day.” Rather, his aim is to reduce the...
  • A Recipe for Readiness -- Homily for the First Sunday of Advent

    11/29/2015 7:08:52 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-28-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Recipe for Readiness - - Homily for the First Sunday of Advent Msgr. Charles Pope • November 28, 2015 • As the Advent season begins, we are immediately drawn into its principle theme of preparation and readiness for the coming of the Lord. The first coming of the Lord has already been fulfilled at Bethlehem. And while we should prepare spiritually for the coming Christmas Feast, these first weeks of Advent bid us to focus even more on the Second Coming of the Lord in glory.Thus, as the curtains draw back on the opening scenes of Advent, we are...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 11-29-15, First Sunday of Advent

    11/28/2015 7:22:58 PM PST · by Salvation · 50 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-29-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 29, 2015 First Sunday of Advent Reading 1 Jer 33:14-16 The days are coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and Judah.In those days, in that time, I will raise up for David a just shoot ; he shall do what is right and just in the land.In those days Judah shall be safe and Jerusalem shall dwell secure; this is what they shall call her: "The LORD our justice." Responsorial Psalm Ps 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14 R. (1b) To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.Your ways,...
  • "Blessed is the King Who Comes in the Name of the Lord!" (Sermon, First Sunday in Advent, Luke)

    11/28/2015 4:07:25 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 29, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    "Blessed is the King Who Comes in the Name of the Lord!" (Luke 19:28-40) As you can tell from the change in the color of the paraments and from the presence of the Advent wreath and from one candle being lit on the Advent wreath, today is the First Sunday in Advent. And the traditional Gospel reading for the First Sunday in Advent is the account of Jesus entering Jerusalem to the acclaim of the crowds, as you just heard. But now you may be wondering, "The triumphal entry into Jerusalem--isn't that a reading for Palm Sunday? Why are we...
  • See What the End Shall Be: A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent

    12/21/2014 6:51:35 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-20-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    See What the End Shall Be: A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn today’s Gospel we step back nine months to March 25th, the feast of the Annunciation, an event all but hidden, but which changed the world.God, whose focal presence had departed the Temple just prior to the Babylonian invasion (cf Ez 10:18) and the loss of the Ark of the Covenant, now returns to the Ark of Mary’s womb. The glorious presence of God returns now to His people in an obscure town of fewer than three hundred, a town so small...
  • Come Lord Jesus! A Meditation on the Stunning Glory of Being Gathered to Christ on the Last Day

    12/10/2014 8:12:57 AM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-09-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Come Lord Jesus! A Meditation on the Stunning Glory of Being Gathered to Christ on the Last Day By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn Advent, as we continue to meditate on the Parousia (the magnificent Second Coming of the Lord), we do well to allow our imaginations to be engaged in contemplating the glory that awaits those who are faithful, to meditate on the joy and ecstasy of the culmination of all things!Though we have soberly meditated on the need to be ready and on the great danger that many who are not serious may be lost, for those who ARE ready, what glories...
  • The Fire Next Time -- A Homily for the Second Sunday of Advent

    12/07/2014 7:07:10 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-06-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Fire Next Time – A Homily for the Second Sunday of Advent By: Msgr. Charles PopeAn old spiritual says, God gave Noah the rainbow sign, No more water, but the fire next time. The second reading in today’s Mass speaks to us of the “Fire next time” and again reminds of the need to be ready for the coming of the Lord. This homily focuses especially on that Second reading wherein St Peter reminds us of a passing that will come for us all, sooner or later. And since Advent is a time to prepare by prayer and repentance, we do...
  • Love of the World Fuels the Fear of Death A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Cyprian

    11/25/2014 7:24:11 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-24-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Love of the World Fuels the Fear of Death – A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Cyprian By: Msgr. Charles PopeAs November winds down and Advent still looms, the traditional meditation we make on the four last things (death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell) is still operative. A classic writing by St. Cyprian comes to mind. It is a meditation on the fundamental human struggle to be free of undue attachment to this world and to have God (and the things waiting for us in Heaven) as our highest priority.In this meditation, St. Cyprian has in mind the Book of James and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-24-14

    12/23/2014 7:10:14 PM PST · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-24-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 24, 2014Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Advent    Reading 1 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16 When King David was settled in his palace,and the LORD had given him rest from his enemies on every side,he said to Nathan the prophet,“Here I am living in a house of cedar,while the ark of God dwells in a tent!” Nathan answered the king,“Go, do whatever you have in mind,for the LORD is with you.” But that night the LORD spoke to Nathan and said:“Go, tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD:Should you build me a house to dwell...