Transfiguration Sunday

“Six days after Peter had acknowledged Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the Living God, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves.” The Gospel according to St. Matthew was written from the perspective of a Jew, who happened to be a Tax Collector, from Capernaum. Whenever Jesus wanted to teach his disciples, he went up on

The Law of Moses

The Gospel reading this week is about Jesus teaching about the Law of Moses. The Pharisees were very strict about the Law, and they wanted everyone else to follow it, too. But Jesus saw something in the Pharisees that they couldn’t see. The Law that they loved so much had become more about legalism, and less about God’s purpose for his people. The Pharisees put the Law above our Lord

What use is the Law of Moses?

Jesus said, “Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them.” from the Gospel according to St. Matthew. The Law of Moses is an important topic in the Gospel according to St. Matthew. Jesus made reference to the Law to assure the Pharisees and other leaders of the Jews that he respected the Law, and

The Beatitudes

“God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong,” from St. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians (1:27) Jesus had a way of confounding the people of the world when he walked among us, and he still confounds them today. The Beatitudes, as they are known, has been called the little catechesis, or teaching of

Fishers of Men

From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” From the Gospel according to St. Matthew. At the beginning of his ministry, as recorded by St. Matthew, Jesus went to Caper′na-um by the sea of Galilee. It was there that he found Andrew and Simon Peter, and the rest of the twelve apostles. He began to teach them about repentance and the

The Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ

“I will keep my love for him forever, and my covenant will stand firm for him.” In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. I tell you not only will the covenant stand firm for him, it only stands at all because of him. Isaiah sees this well from his own vantage point in history some 7 centuries before God’s Christ is made

The Twelfth Day of Christmas

This is the last day of our Feast of the Incarnation, the twelfth day of Christmas. To the world around us, Christmas was over eleven days ago. So why do we Catholic Christians observe a long feast that most other Christians ignore? One of the reasons is that the 12 days are framed by Christmas Day and the Epiphany, which is always celebrated on January 6. On Christmas Day, the

In the beginning was the Word

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” from the Gospel according to St John. This section of the Gospel according to St. John is know as the prologue. Many scholars have read, studied, analyzed, and regurgitated this section in a variety of ways. Some think it’s a bit of a hymn, others a poem, still others think it is elaborate

Christmas Eve

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness– on them light has shined.” Isaiah 9:2-4,6-7 What does Christmas mean to you? Certainly for Christians, Jesus is the reason for the season, right? The Word made flesh, as St. John would put it. Any child can tell you it’s Jesus’ birthday! For many people, the reasons tend to be

Fourth Sunday in Advent

This is the long awaited, always expected something we have lived for. In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. How can one even imagine Advent without the prophet Isaiah? How is it that this man living a couple hundred years after King David, and 7 centuries before Christ could speak so remarkable about Christ? Prophets are sort of like radios, they have

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