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Archive of posts filed under the Christmas category.

Epiphany – Homily – The Gift of Jesus

The Epiphany of the Lord Isaiah 60;1-6 Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13 Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6 Matthew 5:1-12 January 8, 2017 Today we hear what we consider as the last piece of the Christmas story.  Here come the magi.  We don’t know much about them about them except that they come some distance from the East, […]

Honoring Mary, Mother of God at Christmas – Homily

Mary, the Holy Mother of God Numbers 6:22-27 Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8 Galatians 4:4-7 Luke 2:16-21 January 1, 2017 One week ago we celebrated Christmas day but our Christmas season continues until next week.  Today marks the eighth day of Christmas and on eighth day, we celebrate Mary in her role as Mother of […]

Christmas 2016 – Homily

Christmas 2016 – Mass During the Night Isaiah 9:1-6 Psalm 96:1-2, 2-3, 11-12, 13 Titus 2:11-14 Luke 2:1-14 December 25, 2016 We are here to celebrate something very holy.  We began with a song familiar to many, O Come All Ye Faithful.  It is my favorite Christmas hymn. As we gather with so many people […]

4th Sunday in Advent, Year A – Homily

4th Sunday in Advent, Year A Isaiah 7:10-14 Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 (7c, 10b) Romans 1:1-7 Matthew 1:18-24 December 18, 2016 Isaiah offers a sign to King Ahaz but the king refuses.  He tries to make his refusal look noble by saying, “I will not ask, I will not tempt the Lord!” but what is really […]

3rd Sunday of Advent, Year A – Homily

3rd Sunday in Advent, Year A Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10 Psalm 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10 James 5:7-10 Matthew 11:2-13 December 11, 2016 “Be patient.” These are the words of James offers to the recipients of his letter.  What are they to be patient in waiting for?  “The Coming of the Lord.” The Letter of James is writing sometime […]

Christmas is Coming

I just sent out a letter to all our parishioners at St. Michael’s with our Christmas Mass schedule.  In what follows, I share with you the first part of the letter for your reflection as we prepare for Christmas. We are entering into both a very holy time of the year and a very busy […]

1st Sunday of Advent, Year A – Homily

1st Sunday in Advent, Year A Isaiah 2:1-5 Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 Romans 13:11-14 Matthew 24:37-44 November 27, 2016 It should be apparent that the seasons are changing.  Outside it is evident from the snow we got this past week that winter is coming.  This is not the season change I want to talk […]

Christmas Homily 2015

Christmas – Mass During the Night Isaiah 9:1-6 Titus 2:11-14 Luke 2:1-14 December 25, 2015 The grace of God has appeared as a little baby laying in a manger.  His name is Jesus. Today is a time to rejoice.  Today a savior is born.  Jesus is God visible. Baby Jesus is an image of God’s […]

4th Sunday of Advent, Year C – Homily

4th Sunday of Advent, Year C Micah 5:1-4a Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19 Hebrews 10:5-10 Luke 1:39-45 December 20, 2015 Today we hear the story of Mary’s visitation to Elizabeth.  To understand the context of the story we first need to realize that this story happens immediately after the Annunciation where the Angel Gabriel told Mary […]

Baptism of the Lord, Year B – Homily

The Baptism of the Lord Isaiah 55:1-11 1 John 5:1-9 Mark 1:7-11 January 11, 2015 Today our celebration of our Christmas Season draws to a close with our celebration of the Baptism of our Lord Jesus.  Our Christmas Season began with our celebration of Jesus’ birth. Since then we have celebrated the Feast of the […]