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The Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas

December 31 – Monday The Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas Gospel: JN 1:1-18   Reflection: God brought Moses onto the hills of Moab, from where he could see the Promised Land. He said to him, ‘The word is very near you’. The Word, Jesus, is the Promised Land waiting for us – not […]

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Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

December 30 – Sunday Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Gospel: LK 2:41-52   Reflection: (Pope Francis)      Today’s Gospel passage invites families to welcome the light of hope that comes from the home of Nazareth, in which Jesus’ childhood unfolded in joy. Jesus, says St Luke, “increased in wisdom and […]

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The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas

December 29 – Saturday The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas Gospel: LK 2:22-35   Reflection: Simeon was one of those known as The Quiet in the Land, Jews who did not look for a military Messiah, and had no dreams of armies or power, but believed in a life of constant watchfulness and […]

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Feast of the Holy Innocents, martyrs

December 28 – Friday  Feast of the Holy Innocents, martyrs Gospel: MT 2:13-18 Reflection: The prophet Jeremiah poetically described the agony of the Jews as they were taken into Babylon: “Rachel mourns for her children, she refuses to be consoled because her children are no more!” (Jer 31:15). Rachel, wife of the patriarch Jacob, is […]

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Feast of Saint John, Apostle and evangelist

December  27 – Thursday Feast of Saint John, Apostle and evangelist Gospel: JN 20:1A AND 2-8   Reflection: Tradition identifies John with the “disciple whom Jesus loved.” Privileged witness to the Lord’s Transfiguration and the agony in Gethsemane, John shared a familiarity with Jesus that is most aptly expressed at the Last Supper, where he […]

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Feast of Saint Stephen, first martyr

December 26 – Wednesday Feast of Saint Stephen, first martyr Gospel: MT 10:17-22   Reflection: of Pope Benedict Yesterday, after solemnly celebrating Christ’s Birth, today we are commemorating the birth in Heaven of St Stephen, the first martyr. A special bond links these two feasts and it is summed up well in the Ambrosian liturgy […]

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The Nativity of the Lord – Christmas – At the Vigil Mass

December 25 – Tuesday The Nativity of the Lord – Christmas – At the Vigil Mass                                   Gospel: MT 1:1-25 The shepherds glorified God for all they had seen   Reflection: Heaven and earth are united today, for Christ is born! Today God has come upon earth, and humankind gone up to heaven. Today, for […]

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Monday in Fourth Week of Advent – Mass in the Morning

December 24 – Monday Monday in Fourth Week of Advent – Mass in the Morning Gospel: LK 1:67-79   Nothing is impossible with God   Reflection: Does the proclamation of the Gospel message fill you with joy and hope? When the Lord comes to redeem us he fills us with his Holy Spirit, the source […]

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Fourth Sunday of Advent

December 23 – Sunday Fourth Sunday of Advent Gospel: LK 1:39-45   Reflection: Do you recognize the indwelling presence of the Lord Jesus in your life? Blessed are you if you see and recognize the Lord with the "eyes of faith". The word "blessed" [makarios in Greek] literally means "happiness" or "beatitude". It describes a […]

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Saturday of the Third Week of Advent

December 22 – Saturday Saturday of the Third Week of Advent Gospel: LK 1:46-56   Reflection: Do you know the mercy and favor of the Lord? Those who hunger for the Lord will not be disappointed. The Lord himself will fill them with the fruits of his peace, joy, and righteousness. We see God's boundless […]

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