We say, "Happy New Year," but what the Bible has to say is more than that.

Monday, 1/1/18

We are all saying, "Happy New Year" to each other. Perhaps we can elevate our feelings by reading what today's Scripture readings say to us.

From the First Reading we might cherish Our Lord's New Year wishes:
"The Lord bless and keep you! May he let his face shine on you."

In the Second Reading we hear: "God sent the Spirit of his Son
 into our hearts," That has equipped us to cry out, "Abba, Father!"

In the Gospel we read, "When eight days were completed  
for his circumcision he was named Jesus." It was a name 
meaning "Savior." And it was given to him because

that eight-day-old child has come to save us 
from the sorrows we bring on ourselves.

Today we honor the Holy Family and the famlies God gave us.

Sunday, 12/31/17

Today is the Feast of the Holy Family, and we try to grasp something of the pride and love that Mary and Joseph felt when Jesus was forty days old, and they carried him to the temple, stopping again and again to look down of his face.

This is also a day on which we urge ourselves to be better members of our families. The first reading assures us that our efforts will be rewarded by our having our prayers heard, and by our living long lives, and our being gladdened by children.

When it comes to the relations we have with our siblings, we find them unaltered by their deaths. I had a brother, Frank; and sisters Kay, Joan, Prudy and Peggy. For years each of them was only a phone call away, and now they are just a prayer, or a few good chuckles away.

Keeping the spirit of Christmas alive

Saturday, 12/30/17

When those trees have come down, and when those too tight blouses have been exchanged, and when we feel our sweet Christmas spirit fading away, we wonder if there is any part of Christmas we can hang on to.

The "Beloved Apostle," John, has suggested a series of attitudes by which we keep Christmas alive in our midst. We can do it if our fathers really know him who was with us from the beginning.

We can do it if our young men are strong, and if the words of God remain in them, and if they continuously conquer the Evil One.   

We can do it if our widows never leave the temple.