Between the Sundays with Joannie Watson

A Blog by Joannie Watson

Unworthy for the Mission

This Sunday, the Mass readings revolve around the theme of being called and sent. God calls Isaiah in the first reading, Paul in the second, and Peter in the Gospel. As I reread the readings, both fairly familiar stories, I was struck by a detail: all were unworthy for the mission, and all recognized their unworthiness. Discipleship is a buzz […]

Living Liturgically… or Why My Tree is Still Up

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Tomorrow, my Christmas tree comes down. Most people would call me a procrastinator or lazy. But it’s for neither of those reasons. It’s one way I can live liturgically. The Christmas Season The Christmas season, as I’ve mentioned here before, is one of the more confusing seasons to figure out. There is the octave of Christmas which lasts eight days, […]

Your Conversion Story

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. St. Paul is one of the few saints that has more than one feast on the liturgical calendar. We will celebrate his life again on June 29, a day he shares with St. Peter. The story of St. Paul’s conversion, recounted three times in the Book of Acts, is […]

Baptize the baby

A few things in the last week prompted further thoughts about baptism. In addition to the feast this past Sunday, I also recorded an episode for my weekly series “3 Minute Theology,” on the theological theory of limbo. I receive a lot of questions about limbo. This probably can be attributed to the fact that people think it was a […]

Expectations & Fulfillment

"Baptism of Christ" (detail) by Perugino

This coming Sunday is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. In the readings for Mass, an option for the first reading is from Isaiah 40. The passage is ripe with imagery that perhaps sounds a little more like our Advent readings. In fact, this same reading is the reading for the second Sunday of Advent in Year B […]

The Magi and Their Search

The magi have always intrigued me. Their story forms the majority of Matthew’s account of the birth of Jesus Christ, and yet there remain so many questions about these mysterious figures. Where did they come from? How did they know to follow the star? What did they think when they found the Holy Family? I once attended an art history […]

God’s Sign

"Adoration of the Shepherds" (detail) by Balestra

As we continue to celebrate Christmas, spend time with the baby born that night. A baby who came into this world because He loves you, personally, individually. A baby born that night in order to reconcile you with Himself. Looking at that baby in the manger, I think we have to ask ourselves: would I recognize him? Would I have […]

God enters the darkness

A world in darkness. A world in desolation. While these last days of Advent are filled with expectation, we must not forget that they are also filled with darkness. A world waiting for a Savior means a world waiting in sin and pain. A world filled with hope means a world that is still unfulfilled and empty. The people walking […]

When You’re Too Busy for Advent

Last week, we looked at making a plan for Advent. So often our spiritual preparation gets lost in the midst of our preparation for the temporal demands of the season. Advent is now half-over, and you may be thinking it’s too late to make a spiritual plan. Quite possibly the demands on your time have ramped up as Christmas approaches, […]

Making a Plan for Advent

I heard someone point out once that most of us generally celebrate two seasons – Lent and not-Lent. When Lent rolls around, we have the sense that we need to make a plan. How often we hear the week before Lent from someone: “I need to decide what I’m going to do for Lent.” We decide to live the season […]