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Ushering in the New Year of Faith!
The Apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” (Luke 17:5).
That’s been the constant cry not only of the Lord’s Apostles, but of every disciple since Day One of the New Testament. Deep faith got Jesus’ attention (seeMatthew 8:10) and moved him to perform miracles (see Matthew 9:2 and 22). Shallow faith brought on his rebuke (see Matthew 6:30 and 14:31).
He strongly suggested that our...
Newborn King: Reflections on the Epiphany of our Lord
Psalm 72:1-2,7-8, 10-13
An “epiphany” is an appearance. In today’s readings, with their rising stars, splendorous lights and mysteries revealed, the face of the child born on Christmas day appears.
Herod, in today’s Gospel, asks the chief priests and scribes where the Messiah is to be born. The answer Matthew puts on their lips says much...
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,...