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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-10-16

    12/09/2016 8:54:35 PM PST · by Salvation · 21 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-10-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 10, 2016 Saturday of the Second Week in Advent Reading 1 Sir 48:1-4, 9-11 In those days,like a fire there appeared the prophet Elijahwhose words were as a flaming furnace.Their staff of bread he shattered,in his zeal he reduced them to straits;By the Lord’s word he shut up the heavensand three times brought down fire.How awesome are you, Elijah, in your wondrous deeds!Whose glory is equal to yours?You were taken aloft in a whirlwind of fire,in a chariot with fiery horses.You were destined, it is written, in time to cometo put an end to wrath before the day...
  • Advent: A Preparation for Christmas

    12/09/2016 7:59:26 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CE.com ^ | December 2, 2016 | Alan Scott
    Advent: A Preparation for ChristmasAlan Scott As each year draws to a close, and Christmas fast approaches, we tend to focus on what is obvious – putting up our decorations, trimming our tree, shopping for friends and family and eating every type of desert known to man.And before you know it, time has escaped us.Suddenly it’s Christmas Eve night and all the wonders that come with it – reflecting on Bethlehem, the birth of Jesus, the angels singing, the shepherds in the field, the wise men beginning their decent from the east, all culminating in “Silent Night, Holy Night.”But wait!...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-09-16, OM, St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin

    12/08/2016 8:35:06 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-09-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 9, 2016 Friday of the Second Week in 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...
  • Advent: Our Hope is Not in This World

    12/08/2016 5:50:42 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CE.com ^ | November 30, 2016 | Constance T. Hull
    Advent: Our Hope is Not in This WorldConstance T. Hull In many of our cultures the Christmas season is in full swing. It is the version of Christmas when we are told to buy more things and to accumulate as many material possessions as we can for ourselves and others. This is an understandable mentality in wealthier nations, only because we have been inundated with this message since childhood. Pay close attention to advertisements and commercials this time of year and throughout the year. Buying item X will bring you happiness, joy, comfort, or pleasure. You need this car, dress,...
  • "The Shoot and the Root of Jesse" (Advent sermon on Isaiah 11:1-10)

    12/07/2016 8:57:31 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 7, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Shoot and the Root of Jesse” (Isaiah 11:1-10) Today we continue our series on “Isaiah’s Advent Prophecies.” Today’s prophecy comes from Isaiah 11, and it begins, “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.” And then our text closes, “In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples--of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious.” Notice that this one who is coming is first called “a shoot from the stump of Jesse,” and then he...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-08-16, SOL, Immaculate Conception - Blessed Virgin Mary

    12/07/2016 8:32:29 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-08-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 8, 2016 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...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-07-16, M, St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    12/06/2016 8:52:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-07-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 7, 2016 Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church 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...
  • History and Symbolism of the Advent Wreath

    12/06/2016 4:33:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    CE.com ^ | November 30, 2016 | Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur
    History and Symbolism of the Advent WreathPatrice Fagnant-MacArthur The lights of the candles on the Advent Wreath break through the darkness, reminding us of the Light of Christ that we anticipate during this holy season. Where did this tradition come from, of lighting four candles in an evergreen wreath to mark the weeks preceding Christmas? Like many of our Church traditions, the use of candles in the midst of late fall and winter was originally a pagan tradition. Rev. William Saunders, who wrote an article in the “Arlington Catholic Herald” on this topic, states that “pre-Germanic peoples used wreaths with...
  • An Epigraph for Advent

    12/06/2016 10:12:28 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CE.com ^ | November 30, 2016 | Br. Bonaventure Chapman, O.P.
    An Epigraph for AdventBr. Bonaventure Chapman, O.P. Do you ever skip the introductory pages of a book you are reading? If so, STOP IT! You could miss one of the best parts, the epigraph. You know, that short quotation which the author has carefully selected to summarize, introduce, or preface his own work with. It is a tip of the hat to an older author, a humble recognition in the face of past genius, and a claim that this work you, the reader, are now holding stands in a tradition that almost makes the current volume at best superfluous, at...
  • Seeing More As God Sees

    12/06/2016 8:57:36 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-05-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Seeing More As God Sees Msgr. Charles Pope • December 5, 2016 • Today I’d like to reflect further on the Gospel from yesterday’s Mass (Monday of the second week of Advent). The Gospel tells of the paralyzed man whose friends lowered him through the roof in order to see Jesus. It is read during Advent because one of the prophecies about the Messiah was that He would make the lame walk. In a provocative way, this Gospel also helps us to focus on Jesus’ central mission for us.The Gospel passage contains a rather peculiar and somewhat awkward moment:...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-06-16, OM, St. Nicholas, Bishop

    12/05/2016 10:57:32 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-06-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 6, 2016 Tuesday of the Second Week in Advent Reading 1 Is 40:1-11 Comfort, give comfort to my people,says your God.Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to herthat her service is at an end,her guilt is expiated;Indeed, she has received from the hand of the LORDdouble for all her sins. A voice cries out:In the desert prepare the way of the LORD!Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!Every valley shall be filled in,every mountain and hill shall be made low;The rugged land shall be made a plain,the rough country, a broad valley.Then the glory of...
  • A Mid-Advent Picture of What Our Savior Offers

    12/05/2016 8:03:29 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-04-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Mid-Advent Picture of What Our Savior Offers Msgr. Charles Pope • December 4, 2016 • The Gospel for today’s Mass (Monday of the Second Week of Advent) is the well-known story of the paralytic. There are many wonderful details that I could discuss (e.g., the four friends who bring him to Jesus—talk about great friends!), but I’d like to focus today on Jesus’ command: “Rise, take up your stretcher, and go home.” It is a small picture of the grace unto salvation offered to us by the Lord. Here is a man who is powerless to help or...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-05-16

    12/04/2016 10:21:59 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-05-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 5, 2016 Monday of the Second Week in Advent 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 the blind be...
  • A Prophet Who Prepares

    12/04/2016 7:50:31 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-03-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Prophet Who Prepares Msgr. Charles Pope • December 3, 2016 • The Second Sunday of Advent usually features the ministry of St. John the Baptist. He was the prophet who fulfilled the Office of Elijah, of whom it was said, See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction (Mal 4:4-6).St. John was a prophet who...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 12-04-16, Second Sunday of Advent

    12/03/2016 6:58:49 PM PST · by Salvation · 49 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-04-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 4, 2016 Second Sunday 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 rod of...
  • The Advent Gift of John the Baptist

    12/03/2016 5:59:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CE.com ^ | November 29, 2016c | Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
    The Advent Gift of John the BaptistJacques-Bénigne Bossuet “Now the time came for Elizabeth to be delivered and she gave birth to a son. And her neighbors and kinsfolk heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her” (Luke 1:57-58).True gatherings of the friends and families of Chris­tians should have for their object to celebrate the mercy that God has shown to us. Without this object, the con­gratulations we receive have nothing solid or sincere about them and are vain things.God weaves the fabric of his designs in a wonderful order. He intended the...
  • "Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven Is at Hand" (Sermon, Second Sunday in Advent; Matthew 3:1-12)

    12/03/2016 3:15:48 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 4, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven Is at Hand” (Matthew 3:1-12) “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven Is at Hand”: That was the message of John the Baptist as he came preaching in the wilderness. “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”: That is the message of John the Baptist as he comes preaching in our midst today. Let’s listen and take heed to what he is saying. “Repent”: That’s the big word that comes through in our text today. What does this call to repentance mean for us and for our lives? What shape will it take?...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-03-16, M, St. Francis Xavier, Priest

    12/02/2016 9:50:21 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-03-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 3, 2016 Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier, Priest 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 to...
  • Keeping Advent when it’s not yet Christmas

    12/02/2016 5:17:09 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CE.com ^ | November 29, 2016 | Jenny Uebbing
    Keeping Advent when it’s not yet ChristmasJenny Uebbing It’s nearing the end of November. Which means Christmas music has already begun playing in stores, and I’m too late to buy Thanksgiving blend at Starbucks, because Christmas blend has already been out for weeks and weeks.The grocery stores are starting to fill out their fabricated forest of Christmas trees out front, and okay, yes, I’ve let my kids watched Mickey’s Christmas Carol on Netflix. Twice.But I don’t want to get pulled too far down the path of celebrating Christmas before we’ve kept Advent.Now, we live in a culture that beckons us...
  • Advent is a Time for Greater Silence and Prayer

    12/02/2016 5:05:45 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CE.com ^ | November 29, 2016 | Fr. Ed Broom, OMV
    Advent is a Time for Greater Silence and PrayerFr. Ed Broom, OMV Advent is a season of very special graces! It is time of waiting, hope and joy. Waiting—for the birth of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; Hope—because Jesus came to save us; finally Joy—because Jesus’ birth, life and Resurrection is a promise of eternal life for those who obey His commandments and love Him.Silent Night On Christmas Eve it is most appropriate to sing the hymn Silent Night. In the profound depths of that most special night Jesus was born in silence. How important silence is for those...
  • Four Advent Attitudes

    12/02/2016 4:56:20 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CE.com ^ | 11-28-16 | Fr. Edward Looney
    Four Advent AttitudesFr. Edward Looney It’s hard to believe Advent has already arrived. If I’m not mistaken, this is the longest observance of Advent we celebrate because Christmas falls on a Sunday this year. It seems Advent is one of the seasons that happens, and usually goes quicker than we would like! We are always in a hustle and a bustle preparing for Christmas that we do not slow down enough to take in the purpose of these Advent days of waiting. As we wait for the birth of Jesus on Christmas day, here are four Advent attitudes we can...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-02-16

    12/01/2016 9:00:23 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-02-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 2, 2016 Friday of the First Week in 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...
  • The History of Advent

    12/01/2016 8:32:42 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CE.com ^ | 11-28-16 | Fr. William Saunders
    The History of AdventFr. William Saunders The liturgical season of Advent marks the time of spiritual preparation by the faithful before Christmas. Advent begins on the Sunday closest to the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (November 30). It spans four Sundays and four weeks of preparation, although the last week of Advent is usually truncated because of when Christmas falls.The celebration of Advent has evolved in the spiritual life of the Church. The historical origins of Advent are hard to determine with great precision. In its earliest form, beginning in France, Advent was a period of preparation for the...
  • Preparing Our Hearts and Minds for Advent

    12/01/2016 8:21:26 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CE.com ^ | November 25, 2016` | Constance T. Hull
    Preparing Our Hearts and Minds for AdventConstance T. Hull This Sunday the Church begins her new liturgical year with the season of Advent. In the hustle and bustle of the secular Christmas season, it is an often-overlooked season. It is a time when the Church calls us as our Mother to enter into the silence and hope of waiting. Many of us live in cultures of instant gratification, so Advent is rich in spiritual truths. Christmas trees, elves, lights, and holiday decorations seem to show up in stores earlier and earlier. The day after Halloween gave way to Christmas. Here...
  • Advent: The Real Meaning of Christmas Lights

    12/01/2016 8:02:18 PM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    CE.com ^ | November 25, 2016` | Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
    Advent: The Real Meaning of Christmas LightsMarcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. As fall moves onward towards winter we have places to go, things to do, people to meet. Yet as we go about our business, we notice the days are getting shorter. Sweaters come out of storage, we close the windows, and turn on the heat.Advent is a season where we stop and remember that the light of this world is waning in more ways than one. That the world as we know it is passing away.The world “secular” comes from the Latin word for this present world with its priorities–getting a...
  • Do You Want to Have a Good Christmas? Then Listen ... to this Advent Message: “You Need a Savior!”

    12/01/2016 8:14:07 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-30-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Do You Want to Have a Good Christmas? Then Listen Carefully to this Advent Message: “You Need a Savior!” Msgr. Charles Pope • November 30, 2016 • One of the goals of Advent (in many ways a penitential season) is to meditate on our need for a savior. In daily Mass and in the Liturgy of the Hours, we read lengthy passages from Isaiah and the other prophets, who speak boldly and bluntly about the people’s sin. Some of the passages are even a bit humorous. Here are a few: Hear, O heavens! Listen, O earth! For the LORD...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-01-16

    11/30/2016 8:59:47 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-01-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 1, 2016 Thursday of the First Week in Advent 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...
  • "The Mountain of the House of the Lord" (Advent sermon on Isaiah 2:1-5)

    11/30/2016 6:18:32 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 30, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Mountain of the House of the Lord” (Isaiah 2:1-5) Today we’re beginning a series of sermons I’m calling “Isaiah’s Advent Prophecies.” We’re taking the Old Testament readings for this season of Advent, all taken from the prophet Isaiah, and making them the basis for these messages. Today it’s the reading from Isaiah 2, as we will hear. In the movie “Field of Dreams,” the main character is told, “If you build it, he will come.” What is it that he is to build? And who is it that will come? That’s what the movie is about. It turns out...
  • The Bridegroom Comes! A Reflection on the Great Wedding Feast That Advent Announces

    11/30/2016 11:53:00 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-29-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Bridegroom Comes! A Reflection on the Great Wedding Feast That Advent Announces Msgr. Charles Pope • November 29, 2016 • The coming of Christ at Christmas was as an infant and thus we don’t usually think of wedding imagery. Yet since the first coming of Christ has certainly already been fulfilled, we now focus more on His second coming, of which the first coming is a sacramental reminder.Thus, in Advent, our longing and excitement are also directed to His glorious second coming. Mother Church, the New Jerusalem, our Mother, looks for her groom Jesus to come again all...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-30-16, FEAST, St. Andrew, Apostle

    11/29/2016 8:02:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-30-16 | Revised New American Bible
    November 30, 2016 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...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-29-16

    11/28/2016 9:41:55 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-29-16 | Revised New American Bible
    November 29, 2016 Tuesday of the First Week in 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...
  • Pondering the Approaching Feast of the Word Made Flesh

    11/28/2016 8:48:30 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-27-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pondering the Approaching Feast of the Word Made Flesh Msgr. Charles Pope • November 27, 2016 • As Catholics, we open Advent with the New Testament. We read its earliest pages, and the light shows brighter than ever as one covenant passes on and the New Covenant begins. The Groom has found his Bride.Catholics reverence the whole of the Scriptures and refuse Marcionism, a heresy that (among other things) rejected the Old Testament. However, not all of Scripture has equal authority in its application. We read the Old Testament in the light of the New Testament. Many of the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-28-16

    11/27/2016 7:31:21 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-28-16 | Revised New American Bible
    November 28, 2016 Monday of the First Week in Advent Reading 1 Is 4:2-6 On that day,The branch of the LORD will be luster and glory,and the fruit of the earth will be honor and splendorfor the survivors of Israel.He who remains in Zionand he who is left in JerusalemWill be called holy:every one marked down for life in Jerusalem.When the LORD washes awaythe filth of the daughters of Zion,And purges Jerusalem’s blood from her midstwith a blast of searing judgment,Then will the LORD create,over the whole site of Mount Zionand over her place of assembly,A smoking cloud by...
  • The First Sunday Of Advent

    11/27/2016 5:22:32 AM PST · by monkapotamus · 2 replies
    The Last Refuge (The Conservative Treehouse) ^ | November 27, 2016 | Menagerie
    Reading 1 Is 2:1-5 This is what Isaiah, son of Amoz, saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. In days to come, the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established as the highest mountain and raised above the hills. All nations shall stream toward it; many peoples shall come and say: “Come, let us climb the LORD’s mountain, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may instruct us in his ways, and we may walk in his paths.” For from Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He shall judge between...
  • A Recipe for Readiness – A Homily for the First Sunday of Advent

    11/27/2016 4:41:30 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-26-16 | Revised New American Bible
    A Recipe for Readiness – A Homily for the First Sunday of Advent Msgr. Charles Pope • November 26, 2016 • The first weeks of Advent focus more on the Lord’s second coming in glory than on His first coming at Bethlehem. The Gospel clearly states that we must always be prepared, for at an hour we do not expect, the Son of Man will come. “Ready” is the key word. But how should we be ready?The second reading from today’s Mass (Romans 13:11-14) gives us a basic recipe for readiness. We can distinguish five fundamental instructions in Paul’s...
  • "'Hosanna!' Our Advent Prayer and Praise" (Sermon for First Sunday in Advent, on Matthew 21:1-11)

    11/27/2016 2:23:40 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 27, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “‘Hosanna!’ Our Advent Prayer and Praise” (Matthew 21:1-11)Today is the First Sunday in Advent, the season leading up to Christmas. But you’ll notice that the Holy Gospel for this day is actually a reading about Palm Sunday. What gives? Why do we get a Palm Sunday reading here at the beginning of Advent? Well, if you think about it, there is a good reason for this selection. Think about what those crowds were doing on Palm Sunday. They were welcoming Jesus as their coming king. “Behold, your king is coming to you,” our text says, quoting from the prophet Zechariah....
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 11-27-16, First Sunday of Advent

    11/26/2016 7:02:26 PM PST · by Salvation · 47 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-27-16 | Revised New American Bible
    November 27, 2016 First Sunday of Advent Reading 1 Is 2:1-5 This is what Isaiah, son of Amoz,saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.In days to come,the mountain of the LORD’s houseshall be established as the highest mountainand raised above the hills.All nations shall stream toward it;many peoples shall come and say:“Come, let us climb the LORD’s mountain,to the house of the God of Jacob,that he may instruct us in his ways,and we may walk in his paths.”For from Zion shall go forth instruction,and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.He shall judge between the nations,and impose terms on many peoples.They...
  • Run to Jesus! An Advent Reflection

    11/25/2016 8:18:10 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-24-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Run to Jesus! An Advent Reflection Msgr. Charles Pope • November 24, 2016 • The Lord’s coming is near. And though we have all been well taught that the word “Advent” means “coming,” there is the danger that we think that we are only passively waiting for Him to come. It is not just that the Lord is coming to us; we are also journeying to Him. In fact, as the Advent prayers in the Roman Missal instruct, we ought to run, not walk, and hasten to greet Him as He draws near.This notion of running to meet God...
  • 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...