Mass Reflection for the Feast of the Epiphany (2020)

The word Epiphany comes from the Greek epiphaneia which means appearance, manifestation.  The word evolved to mean an appearance or manifestation of a divine entity.  Christ manifests His divine nature as Lord and Savior in His words and miracles, but there are three “ah-ha” moments, that the Church recalls as …

Mass Reflection for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (2020)

There are four central beliefs in Christianity that directly involve the Blessed Virgin Mary; Mary was conceived in Her mother’s womb in a right relationship with God, that is, without original sin (CCC490ff). Mary was a virgin throughout her life (CCC 499ff). At the end of her life she was …

Mass Reflection for the Feast of the Holy Family (2019)

Merry Christmas! It’s still Christmas and not just Christmas season. The really big feast days, Christmas and Easter, are so important that we celebrate them for eight days. The Sunday between Christmas, December 25th, and Mary Mother of God, January 1st, is the Feast of the Holy Family – Jesus, Mary, and …

Christ at Mass Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Advent (2019)

The Lord is with you. In today’s Gospel, the angel announces that the baby, Jesus, in Mary’s womb shall be called Emmanuel – “God is with us.” An Anonymous Early Church Father wrote, “The One whom the world was neither able to contain or worthy to receive, Mary alone was …

Mass Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Advent (2019)

Christmas is an exciting, joyful, and stressful time.  In the midst of our shopping, card writing, cooking, and all that, we need to remember that Christmas is about Jesus Christ.  But who is Christ, what motivates the frantic activity before His birthday each year?  A central part of that motivation …