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Reflection for Dec 31, 2007

The Word Became Flesh and Dwelt Among Us"

Today's Mass Readings

“And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only-begotten Son, full of grace and truth.” This line from today’s gospel reading beautifully expresses the mystery of Christmas, but it does it in a way very different from the infancy narratives to which we are accustomed. In describing Jesus as the Word of God, it provides another, perhaps more mystical, snapshot of the nativity. The Word, that is Jesus, was with God from the beginning and the Word was God. In other words, Jesus has always existed, and has always been God. John came to testify to the coming of the incarnate Word of God. And, indeed, God came to dwell among us, the image of the invisible God in our midst.

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Reflection for Dec 30, 2007 - Feast of the Holy Family

Blessed are those who Fear the Lord and Walk in His Ways"

Today's Mass Readings


The devotion to the Holy Family began in Canada in the late seventeenth century and grew steadily. Does the 1700’s remind you of the industrial revolution? That is when families began to be disintegrated. Men began to move away from the traditional families and women began to be absent from their homes and spent more time at dingy industrial environment. Children spent less and less time with their natural parents. The establishment of the feast was a response the imminent crisis in the most basic institution of society: the family. In 1893 Pope Leo XIII signaled his approval by composing the hymns for the office of the feast, and in 1921 Benedict XV ordered the feast to be kept by the universal Church.

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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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