Nativity of the Lord 2020

By: Daniel Cadrin, OP   During the Christmas Eve liturgy, the coming of Jesus was presented with stories and images: a child is born, angels and shepherds move around this child in a manger with Mary and Joseph. But in the Christmas Day liturgy, to speak of the coming of Jesus, we have instead reflections on the event, we have more theological and solemn texts such as the beginning of the Letter to the Hebrews (cf. text) and the beginning of John’s Gospel (cf. text). They speak to us of Jesus, of his origins and of who he is, but...
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Advent IV, 2020

By: Michel Côté, OP The text of the Visitation this morning is a very well-know story: It touches into the fundament paradigm and myth-basis of our Christian tradition.   The evocative power of this scene has been expressed by many painters throughout history. Just look up “Annunciation” in Wikipedia – as I did — to see the dozens and dozens of attempts at presenting this theme. The painters have this scene placed in many different contexts : temple, home, monastery, garden, balcony, you name it! Mary is involved in a multitude of positions or occupations : reading scriptures, praying, meditating,...
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Advent III, 2020

By: Carla M. Thomas, OP “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, rejoice” (Phil 4:4). Sisters and brothers Gaudete Sunday is here again. We have arrived at that time in the Advent season when we are meant to shift from measured hope that the “Lord is coming” to intensified confidence that the “Lord is near.” The theme of rejoicing reverberates throughout our readings and Responsorial Psalm as both an invitation and a command. At any previous time, these words would have made sense easily as we readied ourselves to celebrate the nativity of the Lord in the spirit that...
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Advent II, 2020

By: Andrea Di Giovanni, OP Last week’s readings urged us to be watchful and alert in order to be ready for the coming of the Lord. Those readings reminded us that during Advent we wait on multiple levels, as we commemorate both the waiting that accompanies the birth of a baby, and also the waiting we all live in as we hope for the return of Jesus the Messiah. This dual waiting of memory and anticipation is embedded into Jesus’ earthly life, as narrated by the Evangelists. Today we hear from Mark’s gospel (next week we’ll hear from the gospel...
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Christ the King 2020

By: Michel Côté, OP   Today’s gospel is certainly one of my favorites and a favorite of any person of compassion. For all of its concreteness and practicality, the message here could still be seen by some as full of ambiguity. The Pharisees of the time would have gone crazy with the implications of this parable. Because for them Jesus is completely changing the rules of the game. He’s saying: It’s not only what you believe [in] anymore, it’s what you DO that counts. If you humanize/take care of my brothers and sisters, it’s like doing it for me, like...
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