St. Matthew

Fast Before Feast

Christmas is a joyous celebration of the birth of Peace.  So why does the Church precede the feast of December 25 with a somber season of fast, penance and repentance?  A meditation for Advent… The Mass readings for the Second Sunday of Advent (Year A) are Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalms 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17; Romans 15:4-9; Matthew 3:1-12. Christmas cards speak […]

Stay Awake This Advent

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“Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come” (Matthew 24:42). This verse is part of a larger passage (Matthew 24:1 — 25:30) where Jesus speaks about the time before his second coming—that is the time in which we all live. Of course this is immediately followed with the separation of the sheep and […]

Our Call in the Calling of Saint Matthew

"The Calling of Matthew" (detail) - Caravaggio

“Who am I in the painting? How will I respond?” In today’s Gospel, we have a short account of Jesus’ call of Matthew by the man himself. He only spends a few verses on what was the pivotal moment of his life. He mentions simply that he was a tax collector, and that Jesus called him out of his daily […]

Encountering the Word — Matthew 8:8

"Jesus and the Centurion" by Paolo Veronese [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Your Daily Quote from the Holy Bible “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed.” (Matthew 8:8) Please share on Facebook and other social media you choose below. Print this entry

Encountering the Word — Matthew 9:36

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A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture Your Daily Quote from the Holy Bible “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd..” (Matthew 9:36) Please share on Facebook and other social media you choose below. Print this entry

Encountering the Word — John 6:27

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Your Daily Quote from the Holy Bible “Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of man will give to you; for on him has God the Father set his seal.” (John 6:27) Please share on Facebook and other social media you choose below. Print this entry

Is it okay to call a Catholic priest “Father”?

"The Stoning of St. Stephen" (detail) by Rembrandt

[NB: Do not miss the video at the end of this article. You will be blessed. —Deacon Mike] Call no man father? “Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven” (Matthew 23:9). Throughout history, including that time since the days when Jesus uttered these words, we have referred to others on earth as father. […]

Daily Bible Verses — Matthew 5:7-9

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Encountering the Word — Your Daily Bible Verses “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” (Matthew 5:7-9) Please share on Facebook and other social media you choose below. Print this entry

Why Do Catholics Abstain from Meat on Fridays and Fast?

"Christ in the Desert (detail)" by Ivan Kramskoy

Our bookstores are filled with books written to help us advance in prayer and the spiritual life. The “secret” we all look for is really no secret at all.  At its heart, the gospel message is one of self-denial and detachment from all things that are obstacles to our growth.  Jesus tells us that if we are to be his […]