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The Beginning

The Beginning

For the next two weeks our first reading will be taken from Genesis (Chapters 1-11), the first book of our Bible.  The first book of the Bible begins, appropriately enough, with the “beginnings:” “In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth...
Presentation in the Temple

Presentation in the Temple

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple.  As we hear in today’s Gospel Mary and Joseph, as good and pious Jews, bring Jesus up to the Temple in Jerusalem to present him to the Lord.  As they present Jesus to God, the prophets Simeon...
Jesus Our High Priest

Jesus Our High Priest

Today’s first reading presents Jesus as our heavenly high priest: “The main point of what has been said is this: we have such a high priest, who has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven.”  The Jewish high priest in the time of Jesus...
New Wine

New Wine

“Why do your disciples not fast?”  This is the questioning challenge that the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees put to Jesus.  Fasting was a part of Jewish piety and religious life.  It was a part, but not the most important part, of their life with...
Our Pioneer of Salvation

Our Pioneer of Salvation

This week we begin reading from the “Letter to the Hebrews.”  This work is not exactly a letter but is more a homily or theological treatise.  It reflects on the full humanity and full divinity of Jesus.  From these reflections the author draws out the meaning for our...