The Incarnation is such a great and marvellous mystery. With the firmness of faith we believe the God of the Universe - the God who breathed all things into creation - entered into space and time becoming a gentle, innocent, and defensely baby. Yet how could this be? How could the long-awaited Messiah foretold by the Jewish prophets come in this way? For my Advent Reflection, "The Mystery of the Incarnation," please click on the image. Merry Christmas. Peace be with you!
Today the Universal Church celebrates the Memorial of the Passion of St. John the Baptist. In the sixth chapter of Mark's Gospel we encounter John the Baptist, martyr and bold witness to truth and life. As we read in today's Magnificat, "John put his trust in the Word of God he had been sent to preach, and not in the princes, whom he offended by his commitment to the truth. He defeated the power of evil not by violence but by his self-surrender to God's will (Magnificat, Aug 29, 2020; http://www.magnificat.net). For more about this great saint, and for a reflection on today's Gospel reading, please click on the image. Peace be with you!
Over the last few weeks we have read from the sixth chapter of John's Gospel. It is here we find Jesus' Bread of Life Discourse, and the Catholic Church's teaching of Jesus' Real Presence. In today's Gospel reading from the Liturgy of the Word at Mass we hear the culmination of Jesus' teaching on the Eucharist. This great mystery of faith is a defining point between Catholics and non-Catholic Christians. For a reflection from John's Gospel account please click on the image. Peace be with you!
While the disciples gathered together to hear from two of them about their encounter with Jesus on the road to Emmaus, Jesus came to them and stood in their midst, and greeted them with a greeting of peace. Luke's Gospel account tells us those present reacted with terror and were startled at the appearance of the Risen Lord. For a reflection from Luke's Gospel account please click on the image. Peace be with you!
The image we use for today's Gospel reflection is one of my favorite paintings from one of my favorite artists, Caravaggio. The "Incredulity of Saint Thomas" is captured beautifully by the artist and is also a subject from the twentieth chapter of John's Gospel. The Gospel writer gives us so much to reflect on. Be not afraid! Jesus is waiting for you when you find nothing else in this world satisfies you. For a reflection from John's Gospel account please click on the image. Peace be with you!