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Behold the Lamb

2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time (A)

During the Christmas Season we celebrate in a major way the fact that God has entered into his own creation — God is with us. From Christmas Day when we celebrate the birth of Jesus as Emmanuel (“God with us”) to the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord when the voice of the Father is heard saying, “This is my beloved Son,” we celebrate that God has come into the world. But what has God come to do?

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Entering the Dirty Waters

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

My first thought when I saw the Jordan River, where Jesus was baptized was, “Man, that water is dirty!” It had been raining a few days before our visit so a lot of sediment had been washed into the river, leaving it a muddy brown. But upon reflection, the idea of Jesus entering into dirty water for his baptism was a very fitting image of the Incarnation, when the Son of God entered into the “dirty water” of our human nature.

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Receiving our Epiphany

The Epiphany of the Lord

The Christmas Season continues this Sunday with the Feast of the Epiphany. The word epiphany means a revelation or manifestation. Both the magi and King Herod have Christ revealed to them in this Sunday’s gospel reading, but they respond to this revelation in very different ways. How do we receive the epiphany of the Lord in our own lives? That’s what we reflect on in this week’s video!

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The Holy Family Resemblance

The Feast of the Holy Family

The Sunday after Christmas is celebrated as the Feast of the Holy Family. When we contemplate the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, we may be tempted to think that this family is very different from our own. And in many ways the Holy Family is unique. But in very fundamental ways the Holy Family is just like ours, and in fact we are included in Jesus’ extended Holy Family. In the Incarnation, Jesus became part of our family. This is what we discuss in this week’s reflection. Enjoy and share!

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Emmanuel: God With Us

4th Sunday of Advent (A)

One of the most popular Advent hymns is O Come, O Come Emmanuel. Both the Old Testament and the Gospel readings for the fourth Sunday of Advent mention the name Emmanuel, which means “God with us.” Why is this name so significant? That’s what we look at in this week’s video!

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