Christmas

 December 25, 2012 Luke 2: 1-14 Gospel Summary In the gospel passage for Mass at midnight we hear the Christmas story from the Gospel of Luke. It is a story of faith so simple that even a child can grasp it. Yet, even after 2000 years, it is a mystery so profound that the richness […]

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Fourth Sunday of Advent

 December 23, 2012 Luke 1:39-45 Gospel Summary On the carefully programmed Advent journey to Christmas, the Fourth Sunday belongs to Mary. This is so because Christmas, which celebrates the birth of Jesus, necessarily involves the motherhood of Mary. However, the story of that birth is reserved for Midnight Mass, while today’s gospel tells us how […]

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Third Sunday of Advent

 December 16, 2012 Luke 3:10-18 Gospel Summary Immediately preceding this passage, Luke tells us that the word of God had come upon John the Baptist in the desert. John then began to proclaim the coming of the Lord: all flesh would at last see the salvation of God. John also proclaimed the necessity of turning […]

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Second Sunday of Advent

 December 9, 2012 Luke 3:1-6 Gospel Summary Luke’s elaborate attempt to locate the arrival of John the Baptist in the context of secular history seems to be the answer to every historian’s prayer. In fact, however, these references are very imprecise, and none more so than the apparently decisive “fifteenth year of Tiberius Caesar.” The […]

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Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

 December 8, 2012 Luke 1:26-38 Gospel Summary: Theologians often make a distinction between “high” Christology, which emphasizes the divine nature of Jesus, and “low” Christology, which emphasizes his human nature. This distinction finds a parallel in the case of Mary. Today’s feast would belong to “high” Mariology, because it celebrates a special privilege of Mary […]

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First Sunday of Advent

December 2, 2012 Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 Gospel Summary Luke places Jesus’ discourse about the destruction of the temple and his coming at the end of the world immediately before the narrative of his death and resurrection. In the present passage Jesus uses cosmic symbolic images of the prophetic tradition to indicate the final divine action […]

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