Monthly Archives: December 2016

Week of January 1, 2017

Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. “All these things” certainly changed Mary.  Consider what she had to ponder:  an angel telling her she would bear God’s own son; a census causing her to travel to Bethlehem on a donkey’s back; a manger filled with straw intended only for animals; a […]

Week of December 25, 2016

In The Catholic Key Bishop Johnston wrote a Christmas note to us entitled “Christmas and Christ the Immigrant.”  I think his message bears repeating. “I wish all of you the blessings of joy and peace as we celebrate the nearness of Jesus over these coming days of Christmas.  The nativity (or birth) of Jesus was […]

Week of December 18, 2016

When we think of the nativity story often we tend to merge the two stories into one.  Read the first two chapters of the Gospel of Matthew.  What is missing from the nativity story as you remember it?  In today’s passage from the Gospel of Matthew we are told how the birth of Jesus Christ […]

Week of December 11, 2016

John the Baptist is in prison.  He hears about the work of Christ and sends his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” Responding to John’s disciples, Jesus gave evidence from his works rather than words.  Wherever he encountered people, the result was transformation:  […]