Readings this Week

  • gaudet sunday john baptist third 3rd advent repentance humility spiritual joy domenica del Gaudete Giovanni Battista terza avvento pentimento umiltà gioia spirituale

    Baptism of the Lord and the Sacrament of Confirmation

    The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Jordan closes the Christmas Season. This reflection on the scripture readings for the feast also provide us insight into the sacraments of baptism and Confirmation and give us food for meditation as we say the first luminous mystery of the rosary....

  • lamb god jesus passover 2nd Sunday Ordinary Time cycle A Lent Holy Week john baptist blood sacrifice

    Jesus, Lamb of God?

    John the Baptist pointed out Jesus as the spotless Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. This title, so prominent in the Mass, illumines the meaning of Christ's passion, recalling the first Passover remembered every year during Holy Week and the Triduum....

  • magi, three kings caspar melchior balthazar feast epiphany gifts gold frankincense myrrh

    Epiphany Revealed – Three Magi Kings & Their strange gifts

    This commentary on the Feast of the Epiphany uncovers the meaning of the term epiphany and explains why the Magi -- Caspar, Balthasar, Melchior, the three kings of Orient riding camels and carrying gold, frankincense, and myrrh -- are found, complete with crowns and camels, in every nativity scene....

  • holy family piety virtues honor sacra famiglia pietà virtù onore

    Holy Family Feast – Piety in the 21st Century?

    The Feast of the Holy Family challenges us to grow in the virtues of piety, honor, patience, and forbearance, and to learn to laugh together....

  • feast of the baptism of the Lord Jesus baptized by John in the Jordan Trinity manifested Spirit as a dove voice of the Father

    Baptism of the Lord – Gregory Nazianzen

    Here Gregory Nazianzen points out that Christ was baptized not for his sake but for ours. Sanctifying the waters of baptism for all generations to come, he manifested the the Trinity through the Spirit who comes to rest on him in the form of a dove and the voice of the Father resounding from heaven....