Vincentian Advent Reflections 2023 – Week 1

A beautiful reflection about “gift-giving”.

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

We are seeing the replay of decades of hostility in the region of Jesus’ birth!

Already and Not Yet (Mt 25: 14-30)

A phrase often on Jesus’ lips: “The Kingdom of God” — or in another iteration, “the Reign of God, His Father.”

Christ the King and the “Duck Test”

Many will recognize the saying, “If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.”

Vincent’s cleverness

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), September 22, 2013 – Amos 8, 4-7; 1 Tim 2, 1-8; Lk 16, 1-13 There was no needy person among them (Acts 4, 34) As one who manages well his household, Jean de Paul sends his son Vincent to school.  He sees in the boy promising...

Would Jesus eat with Assad?

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), September 15, 2013 – Ex 32, 7-11. 13-14; 1 Tim 1, 17; Lk 15, 1-32 I could wish that I myself were accursed and separated from Christ for the sake of my brothers (Rom 9, 3) Jesus strives to save others, while the Pharisees are...

Humble Vincent’s gospel of simplicity

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), September 1, 2013 – Sir 3, 17-18. 20. 28-29; Heb 12, 18-19. 22-24a; Lk 14, 1. 7-14 Learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart (Mt 11, 29) By all accounts, Pope Francis attracts Catholics and non-Catholics.  This points...

Rejuvenating hope, surprise, joy

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), August 11, 2013 – Wis 18, 6-9; Heb 11, 1-2. 8-19; Lk 12, 32-48 My spirit rejoices in God my Savior (Lk 1, 47) When bad things beyond our control happen to us, or we feel threatened, we tend to lock ourselves up and look out for...

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