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Reflection for Dec 29, 2007

We have a God who Keeps His Promises!"

Today's Mass Readings

On this fifth day in the octave of Christmas, we reflect upon the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple. Simeon was regarded as a holy man among the people of Israel and was blessed with the promise of seeing the Messiah. Joseph and Mary also prove themselves to be law-abiding Jews by bringing Jesus up to Jerusalem for His presentation.

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Reflection for Dec 28, 2008 - Feast of the Holy Innocents

Our Help is in the Name of the LORD"

Today's Mass Readings

In this octave of Christmas, we reflect on the amazing gift that God gives to us – his very self as the child Jesus, God among us. In the midst of reflecting on the infant Christ, we have this feast of the Holy Innocents, which commemorates one of the events that happened after the birth of Jesus.

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Reflection for Dec 27, 2007 - Feast of St. John the Evangelist

We are Writing this so that Our Joy may be Complete

Today's Mass Readings

In the midst of this octave of Christmas and immediately following the feast of St. Stephen, the first martyr, we find this feast of John the Apostle and Evangelist. John was known as “the beloved disciple” in the gospel attributed to him. Hence we see that his ministries overlapped; it was in his writing of the gospel that he brought Christ to others.

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Reflection for Dec 26, 2007 - Feast of Stephen the Martyr

The Blood of the Martyrs is the Cement of the Church"

Today's Mass Readings

It often comes as a shock to Christians to discover that the first readings of the Christmas season after the feast celebrating the birth of Christ are in honor of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr. However, the readings for December 26 celebrate Stephen, whom Scripture teaches was also among the first seven deacons of the Church in Jerusalem, for the simple reason that his life is a faithful reminder of the truth that the Gospel calls each of us towards.

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Reflection for December 25, 2007 - Feast of the Birth of Jesus Christ

You are to Name Him Jesus,
because He will Save His People from their Sins"


Today's Mass Readings

We may wonder why today’s gospel reading had to be the lengthy and boring genealogy of Jesus. For that matter, why does Matthew begin his gospel with the genealogy of Jesus?

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