Incarnation

Encountering the Word — John 1:14

Photography © by Andy Coan

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.” (John 1:14) Please share on social media. Print this entry

Encountering the Word — Colossians 1:15-20

Photography © by Andy Coan

“He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation; for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities — all things were created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is […]

The Annunciation—The Moment When All Creation Held its Breath

"The Annunciation" (detail) by Van der Weyden

The Moment There is a moment in time which defines all history; a moment to which all that came before, all that has come after and all that is yet to come, points as supremely significant.  On March 25th of each Liturgical Year (April 9 this year due to March 25 observing Palm Sunday), we remember the event that took place then—the moment when the […]

The realness of Christ

“From Mount Hor the children of Israel set out on the Red Sea road, to bypass the land of Edom…” began the first reading at Mass one day this week. Years ago, perhaps I would have pictured a brightly-colored cartoon derived from a picture Bible of my youth, or maybe an aging Charlton Heston would walk across my mental image […]

The Epiphany and God’s Search for You

"The Nativity" (Gerburt Christi detail) by Franz von Rohden

Our Search for God It is likely that each of us here actively seek the Lord. Jesus, Himself, instructs us to seek Him, saying, “Seek and you will find.” Man and woman’s search for God is a recurring story through the ages as we try to discover the meaning of our lives. While meditating on the Fifth Joyful Mystery of […]

The Magi and their Gifts

Photography © by Andy Coan

This commentary on the Feast of the Epiphany uncovers the meaning of the term epiphany and explains why the Magi — Caspar, Balthasar, Melchior, the three kings of Orient riding camels and carrying gold, frankincense, and myrrh — are found, complete with crowns and camels, in every nativity scene. Reflection on the Mass readings for Christmastide: The Epiphany of the […]

Holy Family—Piety in the Twenty-First Century?

Photography © by Andy Coan

The Feast of the Holy Family challenges us to grow in the virtues of piety, honor, patience, and forbearance.   And to learn to laugh together. Reflection on the Mass readings for the Feast of the Holy Family (Year B) — Gn 15:1-6; 21:1-3; Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9; Heb 11:8, 11-12, 17-19; Lk 2:22-40 or 2:22, 39-40. The Passion of […]

Daily Catholic Quote — from Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

“The mark of the Christian is the willingness to look for the Divine in the flesh of a babe in a crib, the continuing Christ under the appearance of bread on an altar, and a meditation and a prayer on a string of beads.” (Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, The World’s First Love) Please share on social media. Print this entry

Encountering the Word — John 1:14

Photography © by Andy Coan

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.” (John 1:14) Please share on social media. Print this entry

The Mystery of Advent—Annunciation & Incarnation

"The Annunciation" (detail by Murillo

The biblical term “mystery” refers to a long thread running through history, hidden under ordinary faces and events.  It comes to a climax in an Angel’s annunciation to a Virgin that puts together many biblical concepts—king, messiah, emmanuel, son of God—pondered on the fourth Sunday of Advent. Reflection on the Mass readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent (Year B) […]