Prayers

Baptism of the Lord 2023

Jesus does not need the baptism John is administering, but he goes to the banks of the Jordan anyway, where people’s sins are being removed like clots dissolved in running water; where sinners overcome their fear of revealing themselves for what they are: persons who need to rediscover their humanity. So Jesus joins the line …

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Epiphany 2023

God is born in Bethlehem–even the stars indicate this. The Gospel seems to suggest that simply doing one’s job with commitment is enough to begin the journey of drawing closer to Jesus. Even though the Magi take a wrong road as they travel, it turns out to be the right road because through this…

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Mary, Mother of God 2023

The shepherds set out for Bethlehem without delay. We admire and envy them because their haste is behavior typical of young people or idealists. It is typical of free people–those who have nothing to lose and everything to gain. To set forth without delay has nostalgic overtones: it harks back to a time when…

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Christmas 2022

While the authority figure of the time manifests his obsession with power by attempting to count the earth’s population, God is born. While people are forced to migrate because of an absurd census, God simply is born. He is only an infant, but he is there, at the heart of every story. He is at…

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Fourth Sunday of Advent 2022

The unpredictable introduces amazing things into the fabric of an upright man’s daily existence. God, the Absolutely Unpredictable One, chooses the scandal of dwelling in a virgin and of disrupting Joseph’s sleep with divine visitations. Why he decides to enter the lives of the upright in startling ways remains a mystery. He bursts unpredictably into…

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Easter Sunday 2022

  He saw and believed…   Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the entrance. She ran to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them: “They have taken the Lord from the tomb and… Read more »

Palm Sunday 2022

 They spread their cloaks…   Go into the village opposite you, and as you enter it you will find a tethered colt that no one has ever yet ridden. Untie it and bring it here…. They took the colt to Jesus and, throwing their cloaks on its back, they lifted Jesus onto it. As he… Read more »