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Advent Reflection: Luke 1:5-25 THE DOME BLOG - December 19, 2014 Third Wednesday of Advent – Luke 1:5-25 Today we hear the story of John the Baptist's conception: the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth. In this reading there are echoes of the angel's announcement to Mary that she would bear a child. In this reading from Luke, an angel of God appears to Zechariah as he was praying in the sanctuary of God. The angel tells Zechariah that Elizabeth will conceive and bear a son. Zechariah is very troubled by the angel's message. Who ...http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2014/12/advent-reflection-luke-15-25.html

Advent Reflection: Matthew 1:18-25 THE DOME BLOG - December 18, 2014 Third Wednesday of Advent – Matthew 1:18-25 Today we hear the story of how the birth of Jesus came about. This is a story we have heard countless times. There is the saying: "familiarity breeds contempt." In this case, familiarity with this Gospel may prompt us to only hear the words and not listen intently to the message of this Gospel. Do you ever put yourself in Mary's place? Do you ever imagine what thoughts went through Mary's ...http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2014/12/advent-reflection-matthew-118-25.html

The "O" Antiphons - 17th December 2014 DOMINICAN NUNS IRELAND - December 18, 2014 O Sapientia Here is the text of a reflection given by one of our sisters on today's Magnificat Antiphon, which invokes Christ as Wisdom (Sapientia). (If you prefer to listen, click the 'play' button in the box below). This evening we sing at Vespers the first of the seven 'O' Antiphons – "O Wisdom!" With these antiphons we reach the climax of the Advent Liturgy. To quote from the 'Catechism of the Catholic Church' (CCC): "When the Church celebrates ...http://dominicannunsireland.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-o-antiphons-17th-december-2014.html

Advent Reflection: Matthew 1:1-17 THE DOME BLOG - December 17, 2014 Third Wednesday of Advent – Matthew 1:1-17 The Gospel today is the genealogy of Jesus Christ. The Gospel opens by naming the many people in Jesus' lineage. The list begins with Abraham and continues to the time of Jesus' birth. Many generations are listed. Some of the names are very familiar to us. However, we also may hear names of people that we know almost little or nothing about. Genealogy has become a serious hobby for many ...http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2014/12/advent-reflection-matthew-11-17.html

Advent Reflection: Matthew 21:28-32 THE DOME BLOG - December 16, 2014 Third Tuesday of Advent – Matthew 21:28-32 This Gospel is a continuation of the reading we heard yesterday. Today Jesus presents the chief priests and elders with the parable of the man who had two sons. The father had vineyards. He asked the oldest son to go and work in the vineyards. However, this son absolutely refused to do so. However, later on in the day, he decided that he would go and work as his father had requested. Later on in the day, ...http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2014/12/advent-reflection-matthew-2128-32.html

Advent Reflection: Matthew 21:23-27 THE DOME BLOG - December 15, 2014 Third Monday of Advent – Matthew 21:23-27 The setting for today's Gospel is the temple. When Jesus entered the temple, the elders and chief priests approached Him. They immediately began questioning Him. They asked Him who it was that gave Him authority to heal and preach? Instead of answering their questions, Jesus turns the table on the elders and priests by asking them where they believed John's baptism was from? Did they believe it was from heaven ...http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2014/12/advent-reflection-matthew-2123-27.html

Advent Reflection: John 1:6-8, 19-28 THE DOME BLOG - December 14, 2014 John 1:6-8, 19-28 – Third Sunday of Advent The main character in today's Gospel is not Jesus. It is John the Baptist. In the Gospel we hear John's testimony to the "light." In his preaching, John makes it clear that he is not the light. John's role is to prepare the people for Jesus' coming so that when he comes, they will recognize Him and believe in Him. The people continued to barrage John with questions. They ask if he is Elijah or ...http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2014/12/advent-reflection-john-16-8-19-28.html

Advent Reflection: Matthew 17:9a, 10-13 THE DOME BLOG - December 13, 2014 Matthew 17:9a, 10-13 – Second Week of Advent Elijah, the prophet, is the central character in today's first reading as well as in the Gospel. The reading from the Book of Sirach describes Elijah as a man who was bigger than life. He would be a great character for an adventure movie. The reading from Sirach also says that Elijah's words "flamed like a furnace." What a powerful image! He also brought down fire to the earth and did many other ...http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2014/12/advent-reflection-matthew-179a-10-13.html

Advent Reflection: Luke 1:26-38 THE DOME BLOG - December 12, 2014 Our Lady of Guadalupe –Luke 1:26-38 This Gospel from Luke is one that is a very familiar to us. It is the story of Mary's Annunciation when the angel appeared to her and revealed to her that she would conceive and bear a Son. Every time I hear or read this Gospel, I wonder how Mary reacted to the angel's appearance and even more so, how she reacted to the angel's announcement that Mary would have a child? Luke says that Mary was extremely troubled at ...http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2014/12/advent-reflection-luke-126-38.html

Second Friday of Advent: "Bring Me Flesh and Bring Me Wine", but Not Yet... GODZDOGZ - December 11, 2014 ... awkward position of trying to avoid repeating what I've already said about a particular Gospel passage. A more textual reflection on today's Gospel reading, which I wrote last year, is available here . Taking a slightly different tack, the theme I want to focus on this year is celebration. As one who enjoys a celebration or three, I take some comfort from this passage as it is implicit in what is said that Our Lord enjoyed a ...http://godzdogz.op.org/2014/12/FleshAndWine.html

"Make Straight the Way of the Lord" CATHOLIC LIVING TODAY - December 11, 2014 We have in Sunday's Gospel , Dec. 14, 2014 - the Third Sunday of Advent - an interesting interrogation. The priests and Levites came out from Jerusalem to find out who this John the Baptist was, and whether he was the Messiah. Our Discussion Questions will guide your Sunday Bible Study with family, friends and church groups. Gaudete. Rejoice. The third Sunday of Advent is often called "Gaudate" which means, "rejoice". We count it as the mid-point of this season of ...http://catholiclivingtoday.blogspot.com/2011/12/make-straight-way-of-lord.html

Advent Reflection: Matthew 11:28-30 THE DOME BLOG - December 10, 2014 Second Week of Advent –Matthew 11:28-30 This Gospel is one of my favorite Scripture passages. In this reading Jesus invites "all who are weary and burdened" to come to Him. Jesus also promises to give us rest, rest that will restore us and renew us. Ask yourself: What in your life wearies you? What wears you down or exhausts you? At this time, what do you need rest from? It might be worry about your loved ones, health concerns, financial concerns, feeling overwhelmed ...http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2014/12/advent-reflection-matthew-1128-30.html

Mary and Evangelization VIVIFICAT! - December 10, 2014 ... which Christ entrusted to his Church when He said to his disciples: "Go throughout the whole world and preach the Gospel to all people" (MK 16, 15). To evangelize is to proclaim the Good News of the infinite love which God has for us and which he manifested to us through Jesus Christ. And how does that proclamation take place? It is not only to preach or to speak about the Gospel. To evangelize is all that the Church does so that the light of the ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/cybercatholics/jrWV/~3/WpYZRMmRZSs/mary-and-evangelization.html

General Audience: New Cycle of Catechesis on the Family VIS NEWS - HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE - December 10, 2014 Vatican City, 10 December 2014 (VIS) – Having concluded his catechesis on the Church, in today's general audience Pope Francis began a new series dedicated to the family, "a new cycle in this intermediate period between two Synod Assemblies dedicated to this important reality". Before considering the different aspects of family life, Francis began by speaking about the Synod held last October on the theme "Pastoral challenges to the family in the context of ...http://visnews-en.blogspot.com/2014/12/general-audience-new-cycle-of.html

Advent Reflection: Matthew 18:12-14 THE DOME BLOG - December 9, 2014 Second Week of Advent – Matthew 18:12-14 The Gospel reading for today is extremely short: only three verses. Yet Jesus has a powerful message in these verses. Today's Gospel is the parable of the man who has 100 sheep that he is tending. One of the sheep wanders off. Despite the fact that the shepherd was tending 100 sheep, he instinctively knew that one of his sheep was missing. He was determined to find it and bring ...http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2014/12/advent-reflection-matthew-1812-14.html

A Simple Reflection on Mary's Fiat HARVESTING THE FRUITS OF CONTEMPLATION - December 8, 2014 Image Source: Wikimedia Commons ) [I am recycling this simple reflection which got lost amid an earlier and lengthier post.] In today's Gospel (Luke 1:26-38) we hear the angel Gabriel's familiar greeting to our heavenly Mother Mary: "Hail full of grace". We repeat that salutation every time we pray the "Hail Mary". As a result, we sometimes forget the significance of those words and the rest of this Scripture passage. When told by the ...http://harvestingthefruitsofcontemplation.blogspot.com/2014/12/a-simple-reflection-on-marys-fiat.html

Thanks to the Word Among Us Press for Today's Package THIS THAT AND THE OTHER THING - December 8, 2014 Today's package was from Word Among Us Press and it held some real gems: Abide in My Word 2015: Mass Readings at Your Fingertips About the Book: For years, Abide in My Word has been helping Catholics follow the daily and Sunday Mass Scripture readings and stay attuned to the liturgical year. Its enduring popularity lies in its convenience and simplicity. The complete text for each day s Mass readings, including the responsorial psalm, is easily located, arranged ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/ngaR/~3/8d5NMDZJ-VU/thanks-to-word-among-us-press-for.html

Advent Reflection: Mark 1:1-8 THE DOME BLOG - December 7, 2014 Second Week of Advent –Mark 1:1-8 The Gospel for this 2nd Sunday of Advent is the beginning of the Gospel of Mark. Mark begins this Gospel by quoting a prophecy from the Book of Isaiah. This prophesy speaks of the coming of a messenger, a prophet. This messenger would herald the coming of the Savior, Jesus. This messenger was John the Baptist. Today's Gospel describes John and his ministry. John must ...http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2014/12/advent-reflection-mark-11-8.html

Merry CHRISTmas JOURNEY TO WISDOM - December 7, 2014 A Reflection on Mark 1:1-8 N.A.B. By: Larry T In ancient times when kings toured their kingdoms messengers were usually sent ahead to herald the king's coming to his subjects. Local communities, that wanted to stay in the good grace of the king, rushed to repair any rough roads so as to help ensure the king's travel comfort. Similarly God sent messengers ahead to proclaim the coming of his Son. The book of Isaiah heralded the coming of the Lord in chapter 40, which was ...http://journeytowisdom-ocbs.blogspot.com/2014/12/merry-christmas.html

Advent Reflection: Matthew 9:35-10:1, 5a, 6-8 THE DOME BLOG - December 6, 2014 First Week of Advent – Matthew 9:35-10:1, 5a, 6-8 In this Gospel reading, Jesus was traveling to villages and towns, teaching and preaching in the synagogues. He was proclaiming the Gospel of his Kingdom. He also was curing many people who were ill or in need. Matthew says: when Jesus saw the multitudes, He was filled with deep compassion for them. Jesus recognized how lost, hungry and alone the people were. Truly, they were sheep without a shepherd. ...http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2014/12/advent-reflection-matthew-935-101-5a-6-8.html

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