Category Archives: “Speak to Me Lord”

Sunday Scripture readings, Dec. 31, 2017: Living in the joy of love

“Every family should look to the icon of the Holy Family of Nazareth,” writes Pope Francis in the apostolic exhortation “Amoris Laetitia.” On this feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, God’s word invites such reflection on the joys, responsibilities and challenges of family life in the light of Christian faith and discipleship.

      The duty of gratitude to parents for the gift of life is described in the Book of Sirach as a source of harmony and peace in family life and society. For “respect toward parents fills the home with light and warmth,” as the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches (No. 2219). Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Dec. 24, 2017: Almost Christmas

      On the brink of celebrating the end of Mary’s pregnancy — Christmas begins this evening — we look back to its beginning. Today’s Gospel presents the conversation between Mary and an angel named Gabriel. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Dec. 17, 2017: Living in the joy of the Gospel

“Rejoice in the Lord!” is the invitation of this Third Sunday of Advent when God’s word calls us, once again, to enter into the meaning of life in light of the mystery of the Incarnation, soon to be celebrated in the great feast of Christmas.

Traditionally called Gaudete Sunday, the theme of rejoicing in the Lord echoes through the readings and into our hearts and lives. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Dec. 10, 2017: The Advent blahs

Advent: time to figure out which commandments I’ve been breaking and squeeze in confession before Christmas. Is that the message of today’s readings? Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Dec. 3, 2017: Come, Lord Jesus: Our Advent prayer

Each Advent, we are given a fresh chance to discover that the deepest longings of our heart are for God. The prophet Isaiah reminds us of this deep human desire for God. For this reason, he is considered the prophet of Advent who highlights the hopes of the people of Israel for a messiah. Our deep longing for God is at the heart of our Advent preparations. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Nov. 26, 2017: Head out on the highway

As always on Sundays, today’s first reading and Gospel reading are coordinated. But they fit together less like a couple of Lego pieces than like the eastbound and westbound lanes of an expressway. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Nov. 19, 2017: Wisdom and gratitude at Thanksgiving

We give thanks to God by being faithful stewards of the natural talents and spiritual gifts we receive. This is perhaps what the master in this Sunday’s Gospel meant to convey at the close of the parable when he says, “Come, share your master’s joy” because “you were faithful in small matters.” Continue reading

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