Bethlehem

What Bethlehem reminded me about Christmas

When I was preparing to go to the Holy Land this summer, everyone who had been there before had the same message for me: You’ll never read the Scriptures the same again. As a Catholic, I should have realized this also meant something else: you’ll never celebrate the liturgical calendar the same again. As we prepare for Christmas, my thoughts […]

"Adoration of the Shepherds" (detail) by Balestra

Discover the Deeper Meaning of Christmas

In the days of Caesar Augustus, an era of peace was established in the Mediterranean world after centuries of strife.  But this peace was forged by the proud ambition of emperors and the edge of their armies’ swords. Upon this stage appears a baby acclaimed as king by eastern dignitaries.  Neither Caesar nor Herod will brook any rivals.  So brutal […]

The Deeper Meaning of Christmas

Editor’s Note: Reflection on the Mass readings for the various Masses of Christmas – Isaiah 62:11-12; Psalms 97:1, 6, 11-12; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:15-20; This series appears each Wednesday. In the days of Caesar Augustus, an era of peace was established in the Mediterranean world after centuries of strife.  But this peace was forged by the proud ambition of emperors and […]