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Readings & Reflections: Feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle, November 30,2017

Readings & Reflections: Feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle, November 30,2017

In John’s Gospel, we learn that Andrew was following John the Baptist when John pointed to Jesus: “Behold the Lamb of God!” (Jn 1:36). Andrew immediately went to his brother, Simon, declaring, “We have found the Messiah” (Jn 1:41). According to Pope Benedict XVI, Andrew was “a man who was searching.” Like his brother Simon Peter, Andrew shared a special intimacy with Christ; his name always ranks high on the lists of the Apostles. From the first, Andrew is an evangelist: he sees Christ, and runs to tell his brother (cf. Jn 1:35-42). After the Resurrection and the great outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, Andrew went to share the Good News. Tradition has him preaching the Gospel in Greece, where he suffered martyrdom at Patras. And, according to various traditions, Andrew was an evangelist to the end. Bound by ropes to a cross, he addressed the gathered crowds for two days until death took him. Thousands hearkened to his words. The Eastern Church honors Andrew with the title Protoclete, or “first-called.” Andrew is the patron of Greece, Scotland, and Russia. read more

Readings & Reflections: Wednesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time & St. Clement of Rome, November 29,2017

Readings & Reflections: Wednesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time & St. Clement of Rome, November 29,2017

Christ warns that, when enemies seize us, persecute us, and drag us before kings because of Christ’s name, “it will lead to your giving testimony.” God himself will give us a wisdom that will render our adversaries powerless to resist or refuse – a wisdom even more awesome that the mystical writing on the wall. Perseverance in this promise brings security to our lives. read more

Readings & Reflections: Tuesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time & St. James of the Marche, November 28,2017

Readings & Reflections: Tuesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time & St. James of the Marche, November 28,2017

Jesus warns that, in days to come, nation will rise against nation, and there will be earthquakes, famines, plagues, and awesome sights from the sky. And yet, the Lord insists on an unwavering resoluteness in his followers: “See that you not be deceived. Do not follow deceivers. Do not be terrified.” For even though “stone will not be left upon stone,” the Lord will remain present. Christ’s “meaning is sure.” read more

Readings & Reflections: Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time & St. Francesco Antonio Fasani, November 27,2017

Readings & Reflections: Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time & St. Francesco Antonio Fasani, November 27,2017

The reason why the poor widow put the entire contents of her savings – “two small coins” – into the Temple treasury is because she was in love with God. “Her whole livelihood” was the Lord. The reason why the young men in the Book of Daniel (1:1-6,8-20) “looked healthier and better fed” than any of the other young servants is because they subsisted on their love of God. read more

Readings & Reflections with Cardinal Tagle’s video: Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe A & St. Columban, November 26,2017

Readings & Reflections with Cardinal Tagle’s video: Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe A & St. Columban, November 26,2017

Today is the solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King. He was crucified for his claim to the Messianic King who would rule not only over his people Israel but ultimately over all the nations as well. Jesus death was a triumph over our twin enemies – sin and death. Above his head on the cross: “JNRJ or Jesus Nazarene King of the Jews”. To him we pray: “Remember us when you enter upon your kingdom” (cf. Lk 23:42). This prayer was already answered because through Christ we have redemption, “In him we have redemption through his blood….” (Eph 1:7). He has transformed us through his gift of grace into his brothers and sisters of a king. We are now princes and princesses, a royal people, possessed of a dignity and worth which only God can grant (cf. 1 Pt 2:9). Now, we are offered to share Christ’s Kingship: In his eternal and universal kingdom – a kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love and peace (cf. Rom 14:17, Eucharistic Prayer). Our King is Christ the Lord. read more

Readings & Reflections: Saturday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time & St. Catherine of Alexandria, November 25,2017

Readings & Reflections: Saturday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time & St. Catherine of Alexandria, November 25,2017

In art, Catherine of Alexandria bears a spiked wheel and the martyr’s palm. She is said to have been a 4th century woman of great learning who confounded the pagan scholars of the Emperor Magnus Maximus with her defense of Christianity. After Catherine’s arguments converted some of her interlocutors and the emperor’s own wife, Catherine was threatened with the torment of the wheel. And angel intervened, destroying the wheel, and Catherine was beheaded. One of the beloved saints of the Middle Ages, Catherine’s patronage includes millers, young women, and philosophers. read more

Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time & St. Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions  November 24,2017

Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time & St. Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions,  November 24,2017

Andrew Dung-Lac, who heads the group of 117 Vietnamese martyrs, was born in Bc Ninh, a village northeast of Hanoi. It was in Hanoi that, as a boy of twelve, he met the faith through a Catholic lay catechist. After his baptism, Andrew studied Chinese, Latin, and theology He was ordained a diocesan priest in 1823 A.D. His fervent preaching and simple, prayerful demeanor endeared him to his parishioners, who raised the money to ransom him from prison the first two times he was arrested. A third time he was arrested with fellow Peter Thi. The two men were beheaded on December 21,1839 A.D. read more

Readings & Reflections: Thursday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time & Blessed Miguel Pro and USA Thanksgiving Day, November 23,2017

Readings & Reflections: Thursday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time & Blessed Miguel Pro and USA Thanksgiving Day, November 23,2017

A native of Guadalupe, Zacatecas, Mexico, Miguel joined the Jesuits in 1911 A.D. After studies abroad, he was ordained and returned to Mexico in 1926 A.D., amid violent persecutions of the Church. Miguel braved chronic stomach pain and the constant threat of capture to hear confessions, give Communion, and serve disenfranchised families – always with his characteristic mirth. “I see God’s hand so palpably in everything that almost – almost I fear they won’t kill me in these adventures,” he wrote at this time. Miguel was arrested on the baseless charge of masterminding a bombing plot. He was executed on November 23,1927. read more

Readings & Reflections: Wednesday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time & St. Cecilia, November 22,2017

Readings & Reflections: Wednesday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time & St. Cecilia, November 22,2017

The beloved Saint Cecilia, virgin and martyr, is believed to have given her life in the persecutions of the 3rd century. It is said that Cecilia “sang to God in her heart” on her wedding day, desiring to live for Christ alone. With the help of an angel, Cecilia converted her pagan husband. Both died as martyrs. Since the 16th century, Cecilia has been invoked as the universal patroness of music. In art, she is shown playing the organ, viola, or lyre. “Give thanks to the Lord on the harp; on the ten-stringed lyre offer praise” (Ps 33:2). read more

Readings & Reflections: Tuesday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time & The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, November 21,2017

Readings & Reflections: Tuesday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time & The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, November 21,2017

The Byzantine Liturgy proclaims, “Today is the prelude to God’s munificence, and the announcement of salvation: in the Temple of God the Virgin is seen openly, foretelling to all the coming of Christ…. The most pure temple of the Savior, his most precious bridal chamber, the Virgin, sacred treasury of God’s glory, enters today into the house of the Lord, bringing with her the grace of the divine Spirit. Wherefore the angels of God are singing: ‘Behold the heavenly tabernacle!’…. Wherefore let us cry out to her with all our strength: ‘Joy to you, fulfillment of the Creator’s plan!’” At the moment when the young girl Mary was presented in the glorious Temple, “everything that humans build was already diminished by the praise in her heart” (Rilke). read more