CHRISTMAS: A reflection for Christmas, based on the readings for the Mass at Midnight

By Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB Isaiah 9:1-6 | Psalm 96:1-2, 2-3, 11-12, 13 | Titus 2:11-14 | Luke 2:1-4 The promise can no longer be contained. Every day this week a messenger arrived "bearing glad tidings." Gabriel walked into the Holy of Holies and announced good news to Zechariah and Elizabeth: "Joy and gladness will … Continue reading CHRISTMAS: A reflection for Christmas, based on the readings for the Mass at Midnight

ADVENT 2011: Reflection for Fourth Sunday of Advent, Dec. 18

By Ched Myers 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16 | Romans 16:25-27 |┬áLuke 1:26-38 Today's Gospel is the angel's annunciation to Mary, a scene so often reproduced by religious art, liturgy and piety that it is perhaps too familiar to Catholics. What might we learn by viewing it through the lens of the (seemingly oddly … Continue reading ADVENT 2011: Reflection for Fourth Sunday of Advent, Dec. 18