In this week’s Gospel, John the Baptist must refute claims that he is the Messiah. Instead of pretending he’s someone he’s not, John tells the Pharisees that he is only a voice preparing others for the coming of the Lord. As we begin this third week of Advent, we grow anxious for the arrival of Christ…

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SundayDecember 13th 3rd Sunday of AdventSt. Lucy 1st Reading: Is 61:1–2a, 10–11:The spirit of the Lord Yahweh is upon me, because Yahweh has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up broken hearts, to proclaim liberty to the captives, freedom to those languishing in prison; to announce…

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Our reflection from the Gospel this week is:“Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” Like John the Baptist, we too are called to give testimony to the light and truth of the Lord. Jesus wants us to share the joy and truth of the Gospel in both our words and actions. We…

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SundayDecember 6th 2nd Sunday of AdventSt. Nicholas 1st Reading: Is 40:1–5, 9–11:Be comforted, my people, be strengthened, says your God. Speak to the heart of Jerusalem, proclaim to her that her time of bondage is at an end, that her guilt has been paid for, that from the hand of Yahweh she has received double…

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Throughout today’s liturgies at the National Shrine of St. Jude, we will pray in a special way for all those who suffer from cancer. Join us today, and on the first Wednesday of every month, as we call upon St. Jude’s intercession for the healing of cancer. This month, we also continue to pray in a…

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On Sunday we began Advent, waiting for the arrival of Jesus in our lives. If we wait routinely, it is possible we will not recognize Him. How can we be vigilant? By being alert to the people in our surroundings, listening to our spouses and children, putting care into our jobs, treating everyone with kindness,…

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SundayNovember 29th 1st Sunday of Advent 1st Reading: Is 63:16b–17; 64:2–7:For you are our Father, whereas Abraham does not know us nor has Israel any knowledge of us. But you, O Yahweh, are our Father, from the beginning, you are our redeemer: this is your name. Why have you made us stray from your ways?…

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Our reflection from the Gospel this week is:“As you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.” In the parable Jesus tells this week, we learn the importance of showing true compassion and mercy toward others. When we help our neighbor, we are also helping Jesus. Just…

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SundayNovember 21st 34th Sunday in Ordinary TimeChrist the KingSt. Cecilia 1st Reading: Ezk 34:11–12, 15–17:Indeed Yahweh says this: I, myself, will care for my sheep and watch over them. As the shepherd looks after his flock when he finds them scattered, so will I watch over my sheep; and gather them from all the places…

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In the parable, Jesus tells us about the amount of trust the master places in his servants. He expects the servants to use the money responsibly, and rewards the ones that do. God trusts us to use the talents He has given us responsibly. We are expected to share our gifts with others instead of…

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