Tag: Light

“Go And Search Diligently For The Child”

For the past week, I have been in the Palisades, south of Seattle, Washington, giving a retreat to a group of bishops.  We just wrapped up with the celebration of Mass for the Solemnity of Epiphany.  It has been a lot of work, but as is the case with God, there is always a grace and reward to those willing to make a gift of themselves for others. Below is the homily for the ocassion:   One of the graces of this week – and there have been many – has been the ability to […]

Woman, Why Are You Weeping?

Twice in today’s Gospel, (John 20:11-18) Mary Magdalen is asked why she is weeping. She has kept vigil at the tomb, grieving the tragic crucifixion and death of Jesus.  The man who loved her with great mercy and forgiveness has been taken from her.  Now, on top of this grief, the empty tomb represents not resurrection, but an assumption that someone has removed his body and taken it to another location, which simply adds salt to the wound of her grief. Mary’s grief is an obstacle to belief in the resurrection.  Even when the Risen Lord appears to her, […]

Glory & Salvation Radiate From Christ’s Holy Face

Merry Christmas! As a people of faith, as God’s family, we come together this holy night to celebrate once again God’s love and mercy, the gift of our salvation in the birth of his Son, Jesus. Christmas is the ultimate celebration of our belief in God and the reality that our God is not distant! Jesus is the flesh of God, born upon the earth. Jesus is the mercy of God expressed in every human person’s hour of need. Jesus is the humility of God, who created the heavens and the earth and all within […]

Homily Of Pope Francis: Solemnity Of The Nativity Of Our Lord

Tonight “a great light” shines forth (Is 9:1); the light of Jesus’ birth shines all about us. How true and timely are the words of the prophet Isaiah which we have just heard: “You have brought abundant joy and great rejoicing” (9:2)!  Our heart was already joyful in awaiting this moment; now that joy abounds and overflows, for the promise has been at last fulfilled.  Joy and gladness are a sure sign that the message contained in the mystery of this night is truly from God. There is no room for doubt; let us leave […]

Blessed Be The Lord …

Today, there is a Mass celebrated in the morning, which as a priest has always been a favorite of mine. Today, the Christmas story of St. Luke, which we have been reading for the past week, arrives at the proclamation of Zechariah, father of St. John the Baptist. Here is a picture of the sanctuary of the church built over the site of the birth of St. John the Baptist in Ein Karem, and is dedicated to the great precursor to Jesus Christ.  The statues on the right and left are of the Baptist’s parents, […]

God’s Holy, Faithful People

As I write this entry, I am in Burlington, Vermont for the installation of their new bishop, The Most Reverend Christopher Coyne.  Bishop Coyne was originally a priest from the Archdiocese of Boston, and in March of 2011 was ordained as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.  Since that time, we have been in the same support group of bishops. During the Evening Prayer service last night, Bishop Coyne took official possession of his cathedral as the 10th Bishop of Burlington.  This particular liturgical ceremony begins with a simple, yet profound moment when […]

The Priesthood of the Baptized; Be Salt and Light to the World

Today’s readings in many ways pick up where last Sunday’s celebration of the Presentation left off.  Last week we heard Simeon proclaim that his eyes have seen the Lord’s promise of salvation … a light to reveal you to the nations.  Jesus Christ is this Light of the world, as proclaimed again in today’s Gospel antiphon. Today’s first reading from Isaiah (Chapter 58) calls to mind the manner in which we will be judged on the last day (Matthew 25).  We are called to share our bread with the hungry give shelter to the oppressed and […]

Light And Darkness Mingled; Advent Calls To Conversion

On this First Sunday of Advent, Jesus calls us to “Stay Awake!” (Matthew)  St. Paul uses similar language when reminding us that this is the “Hour to wake from your sleep; our salvation is near at hand.” (Romans) Advent is a time to prepare for the coming of the Lord.  A time to prepare for the celebration of his historical birth in time.  A time to remember his earthly life and ministry, his passion, death, and resurrection.  A time to prepare for his second coming in glory. Matthew’s Gospel recalls many earthly realities such as […]

Christmas Greetings

Vatican Nativity Scene Well, friends, the eve of this Holy Night is upon us.  Please know of my deepest prayers for all of you as we celebrate the birth of the Savior. I pray this Christmas grants grace to all to better comprehend the mysterious ways of God.  May the Invisible God who made himself visible in the Infant Jesus, open our eyes of faith to better see how He dwells with us still.  May the Lord who had no home other than the Love of family and friends in this life teach us how […]

Gifts Received, Grown & Shared

Today’s Gospel gives another image of the Kingdom of God; its presence now, and its eventual fulfillment.  (Luke 19:11-28)  Each of us are given “gifts” (ten gold coins) by a nobleman (God/Jesus), and are told to engage in trade until I return.  Clearly, these gifts are given to be actively engaged in the commerce of building God’s Kingdom, which is the commerce of faith and love. The gifts are varied, but because they deal with the dignity of each person, they are all precious.  The gifts are specific and some of them “common” to all; […]

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