Homily for the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

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The 34th and Final Sunday of Ordinary Time, and of the Year of Grace 2016 Homily 2 Sam 5-1-3 Colossians 1:20-20 Luke 23:25-43   An internet meme that was circulating several weeks back contained a picture of Jesus Christ the King and it said “no matter who is elected President, Jesus Christ is still the King.” Never have we needed …

Keep the Mass in Christmas

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Today is the Vigil of the Nativity of the Lord, popularly known as Christmas Eve. Tonight when those of us who do so celebrate Vespers, or Evening Prayer, the Church says that the solemnity of Christmas officially begins. Advent comes to an end as we enter into our celebration of the Nativity of the Lord. Some parishes will celebrate Masses …

A Black Friday Reflection

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Last year on this day, I did what seems to have become an annual “tradition” for me, rendering my generally not-so-hot opinion of what is otherwise known as “Black Friday,” but which I think is a kind of “national holiday to materialism.” Indeed, a couple of years ago I wrote on my personal blog that “Black Friday” has simply become …

Are We Profitable Servants?

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It is that time of year when we begin to see readings in daily Masses that are clearly eschatological and, some would say, apocalyptic in the Scriptures read at Mass every day. We see this in today’s readings, for example, when John has a vision of the Heavenly Liturgy, and Jesus tells what the headers in the Revised Standard Version …

The Baptism of the Lord and Ordinary Time

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Today is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, and the Church remembers in a solemn way the day on which Christ humbled himself as an example to us to be baptized in the River Jordan by his forerunner, follower, and cousin John the Baptist. Unlike ourselves, who all had need of baptism as the ordinary means by which …

Making Time For the Gospels

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As we pointed out in the previous post here at Life At 25, the Church’s New Year of Grace 2014 got underway last weekend with the First Sunday of Advent. A new liturgical year is a great time to make resolutions of the spiritual kind, such as “I will learn much more about my faith,” “I’ll dedicate more time of my …

Slow Down and Have a Holy Advent

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This past weekend (the vigil and the Sunday proper) heralded the beginning of Advent. In the Church’s year, it is a new beginning, marking a new Year of Grace, 2014. The Church begins the liturgical cycle by reflecting for four weeks in the daily scripture readings, the text of the Mass, and the antiphons of the Liturgy of the Hours …

Remembering God On the Day of Plenty

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Since Catholics celebrated the feast of Christ the King this past Sunday, the liturgical year is about to come to a close this Saturday, on the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (which so happens to be one of my patronal feast days, since St. Andrew is my confirmation saint), but not before another “feast day” intervenes, the feast of …

The End of Another Year of Grace

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As we enter the closing days of the Liturgical Year 2013, those of you who pay close attention to the daily Mass readings will notice that a distinctly eschatological theme begins to develop in these days leading up to what will ultimately be the Feast of Christ the King and the last week of Ordinary Time. The readings in many …