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Incarnation and the First Letter of John

January 3, 2017 4 Comments
Incarnation and the First Letter of John

In the weekday Masses following the Christmas octave we celebrate the Word becoming flesh. We read from the First Letter of John, which emphasizes the Incarnation of Jesus and demands that we experience the Word becoming Flesh in a practical way in our own lives. Fundamentally, the Incarnation, the Second Person of the Trinity becoming […]

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The Value of Silence Before the Great Mystery of the Incarnation

December 29, 2016 2 Comments
The Value of Silence Before the Great Mystery of the Incarnation

Something at Christmas urges me (a man of many words) to write of holy silence. Perhaps it is due to one of the great Christmas antiphons, which speaks of the birth of Christ as a magnum mysterium (a great mystery). During Mass recently, the words of Zechariah came to my mind: Sing and rejoice, O […]

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The Reality of Christmas as an Antidote to Unreal Times

December 28, 2016 6 Comments
The Reality of Christmas as an Antidote to Unreal Times

At Christmas we celebrate the birth of the Word made flesh. All the Gospel writers (especially St. John) emphasize the reality of God present among us in a very tangible, physical way. This is a critical truth because one of the dangers is reducing our faith to a mere collection of ideas, setting aside the […]

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Humility Lessons from the Nativity – A Homily for Christmas

December 24, 2016 9 Comments
Humility Lessons from the Nativity – A Homily for Christmas

The Christmas Gospel from Luke provides us with many teachings. One thing that surely stands out, however, is the permeating theme of humility. Throughout the account, God confounds our prideful expectations and insists on being found in the lowest of places. The newborn Christ is not found where we expect Him to be nor does […]

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No One Goes Away from Jesus Unchanged

December 23, 2016 1 Comment
No One Goes Away from Jesus Unchanged

The video below is a 2008 Coca-Cola commercial that takes up the theme of the star of Christmas. Let us review the impact that the star of Christmas had on the wise men, the Magi. The star moved them to seek meaning outside themselves; it made them look out and up. The star called them […]

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Who Is My Neighbor? Answered by a Touching Christmas Commercial

December 16, 2016 4 Comments
Who Is My Neighbor? Answered by a Touching Christmas Commercial

In these days of nearly instant information availability, we think we know a lot about people, things, and issues. Truth be told, we may know more in a quantitative sense but less in a qualitative sense. Too much information can make us less discerning. The Christmas commercial below is touching and enlightening at the same […]

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Remembering and the Holiday Season – As Seen in a Touching Video

January 1, 2016 1 Comment
Remembering and the Holiday Season – As Seen in a Touching Video

Christmas is a beautiful time of the year for most of us, most of the time. But it can be a very painful time of year for some, especially those who have experienced recent loss or who (for various reasons) have fewer family options. Yes, Christmas can be the best of times or the loneliest of […]

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Paradoxes and Mysteries of the Incarnation

December 30, 2015 1 Comment
Paradoxes and Mysteries of the Incarnation

In the ancient Church and up until rather recently, one genuflected at the two references to the Incarnation during the Mass: during the Creed and in the Last Gospel (John 1). Why was this done? It was explained to me that the mystery of the Incarnation is so deep, one can only fall in silent […]

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