FEASTING ON THE WORD
"If you meditate on the Scriptures it will appear to you in its brilliant splendor." ―St. Pio of Pietrelcina
The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph (A)
Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14 | Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 | Colossians 3:12-21 or 3:12-17 | Matthew 2:13-15, 19-2
Christmas is the time of the year that we gather with our families to exchange greetings and gifts, play party games, and feast on special holiday meals. As the holiday station ID of a broadcast giant being bullied over its franchise renewal says, "Pinag-isa tayo ng Diyos at pag-ibig.
Fourth Sunday of Advent (A)
Isaiah 7:10-14 | Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 | Romans 1:1-7 | Matthew 1:18-24
We are now on the fourth Sunday of Advent, and as the song goes, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The Scriptures for this Sunday before Christmas focus directly on the mystery of who Jesus Christ is
Third Sunday of Advent (A)
Isaiah 35:1-6A, 10 | Psalm 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10 | James 5:7-10 | Matthew 11:2-11
We are now very close to celebrating Christmas Day! The Third Sunday of Advent is traditionally called Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete is the Latin for “rejoice.” This Sunday is so named because today’s Mass begins with the antiphon from Philippians 4:4,5, “Rejoice in the Lord always;
Second Sunday of Advent (A)
Isaiah 11:1-10 | Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17 | Romans 15:4-9 | Matthew 3:1-12
The liturgy of the Second Sunday of Advent focuses on the themes of renewal, peace, harmony and focus on Jesus.
Jude sees Grace sitting on a park bench with a dog laying next to her. Jude asks Grace, "Does your dog bite?" Grace replies "no." Jude proceeded to pet the dog, who then jumps up and bites his hand. Pressing his bleeding hand and with tears streaming from his eyes, Jude cries "I thought you said your dog doesn't bite!" Grace responds "That's not my dog."
When the Messiah comes, the world will be a place of peace, where predators and prey will sit down to family dinner together. The lamb invites the wolf to her tea party, leopards and goats take naps together, calves and young
Jeff Jacinto, PhD, DHum