Burning and Shining Lamp

Homily for Friday of the 3rd Week of Advent In our Gospel this morning, Jesus is continuing to speak about John the Baptist, reminding the people how he was the messenger that pointed them to recognize that salvation was at hand. Jesus calls John “a burning and shining lamp.” But, John’s light was not hisContinue reading “Burning and Shining Lamp”

Go Into the Desert

Homily for Thursday of the 3rd Week of Advent In our Gospel this morning Jesus poses a question to the crowd, asking them: “What did you go into the desert to see?” It’s actually a question that He asks them three separate times. I wonder if Jesus does that because He wants to not onlyContinue reading “Go Into the Desert”

The Unworthiness of St. Joseph

Homily for Friday of the Third Week of Advent I have always wondered about this story with St. Joseph, specifically about him being filled with fear at the prospect of taking Mary into his home after he discovers that she is pregnant with a child not his own. My personal interpretation has been that JosephContinue reading “The Unworthiness of St. Joseph”

God Works Through History

Homily for Thursday of the Third Week of Advent I’ve been reflecting on this particular Gospel passage for a few weeks now. It was the Gospel I picked for the Night of Merciful Love a couple of weeks ago and it made up a large portion of the talks for the Advent morning of reflectionContinue reading “God Works Through History”

Walking in Righteousness

Homily for Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent Last night, I was talking to a priest friend of mine about the readings for today and he said something to me that has just really had me thinking. He was talking about how he was really intrigued by this interaction between Jesus and the ScribesContinue reading “Walking in Righteousness”

Rejoice in the Lord Always

Homily for the Third Sunday of Advent, Year B Rejoice in the Lord, always! Again I say, rejoice! Today, the Church celebrates the 3rd Sunday of Advent, also known as Gaudete Sunday. The word “Gaudete” is Latin for “rejoice.” In the Church, every liturgical celebration typically begins with what is called an entrance antiphon. ItContinue reading “Rejoice in the Lord Always”