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Anointed Ones: Reflections on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (Monday Jan 9th)
Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7
Psalm 29:1-4, 9-10
Jesus presents himself for John’s baptism in today’s Gospel, not because He is a sinner, but to fulfill the word of God proclaimed by His prophets. He must be baptized to reveal that He is the Christ (“anointed one”) - the Spirit-endowed Servant promised by Isaiah in today’s...
The Feast of St. Basil
Mike Aquilina discusses the life and legacy of the Bishop of Caesarea, and one of the most distinguished Doctors of the Church, Saint Basil the Great!...
In the New Beginning: Reflections on the Readings of Christmas Day
John 1:1-5, 9-14
The birth of Jesus marks a new creation, the start of a new heavens and a new earth (see Isaiah 65:17; 2 Peter 3:13). That’s why the first words of today’s Gospel reprise the Bible’s first words - “In the beginning” (see Genesis 1:1).
Jesus is the Word that God spoke when He said, “Let there...
The Real Meaning of Christmas
Pulled from our audio archive shelf, an excellent interview with Dr. Scott Hahn and Gus Lloyd on the real meaning of Christmas, enjoy!...
The Mystery Kept Secret: Reflections on the 4th Sunday of Advent
2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-11,16
What is announced to Mary in today’s Gospel is the revelation of all that the prophets had spoken. It is, as Paul declares in today’s Epistle, the mystery kept secret since before the foundation of the world (see Ephesians 1:9; 3:3-9).
Mary is the virgin prophesied to bear a son of the...
One Who is Coming: Reflections on the 3rd Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 61:1-2, 10-11
Luke 1:46-50, 53-54
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
John 1:6-8, 19-28
The mysterious figure of John the Baptist, introduced in last week’s readings, comes into sharper focus today. Who he is, we see in today’s Gospel, is best understood by who he isn’t.
He is not Elijah returned from the heavens (see 2 Kings 2:11), although like him he dresses in the prophet’s attire ...
"To us, Christ is all!"
Today is the memorial of St. Ambrose, bishop of Milan at the end of the fourth century. Meet the simple, straight-forward style of St. Ambrose as Patristics scholar and St. Paul Center vice president, Mike Aquilina, discusses the life and legacy of this important Saint.
Straighten the Path: Reflections on the 2nd Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11
2 Peter 3:8-14
Our God is coming. The time of exile - the long separation of humankind from God due to sin - is about to end. This is the good news proclaimed in today’s liturgy.
Isaiah in today’s First Reading promises Israel’s future release and return from captivity and exile. But as today’s Gospel shows,...
The Big Difference a little change makes
New and very timely podcast on the new translation of the Roman Missal.
And with Your Spirit
What is the biggest change in the new translation of the Mass? As Mike Aquilina explains, the biggest difference may be from the smallest change.
‘And with Your Spirit’
The big difference in a little phrase
By Mike Aquilina - The Priest, 6/1/2011
A reporter called to interview me about the new translation of the Roman Missal. We spoke for a while about the process and problems of translation before she...