A Vincentian reading of the Sunday readings

Approach Jesus Christ with All Our Being

Jesus is the Son through whom God has spoken to us humans in these last days.  We Christians are to approach and hear him, and be what he says. God wanted the Israelites to prepare for his coming down to Mount Sinai to give them the law.  He told them, through Moses,...

Preach the Good News to the Poor

Jesus is the one the Lord God has anointed with the Holy Spirit and has sent to preach the Good News to the poor. In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.  And the sacred writers and wise holy men and women bring them to light for us to see.  We...

Give Witness to the Lamb of God

Jesus is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.  We are to fix our gaze on him and give witness to him. And we thank God for revealing this to John the Baptist and for sending him to give witness to it.  May God give us now the grace to take a long and...

Disrupt the State of Affairs Today

Jesus shows us his glory and mercy.  Such epiphany makes known that the time has come to disrupt things as they now are.  Magi from the east show up in Jerusalem.  And the question they ask turns out to undermine the powers that be.  For it troubles King Herod greatly...

Prophet

Jesus returns to the town where he had grown up. The scene is of great importance in knowing Jesus and understanding his mission. According to Luke’s account, in this village, unknown to almost everyone, Jesus will introduce himself as God’s Prophet and present his...

Whoever is in Christ is a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17)

In starting his account with “In the beginning,” John harks back to the book of Genesis.  Obviously, he speaks of the pre-existence of the Word that became flesh, and not about the creation of the heavens and the earth.  But the Incarnation, as the evangelist soon...

Initiate the reaction

Initiate the reaction

The Baptist does not let people mistake him for the Messiah. He knows his limits and recognizes them. There is someone mightier and more decisive than he. He is the only one that the people should welcome. The reason is clear. The Baptist offers them a baptism of...

Disconcerting account

Very different attitudes can be adopted before Jesus. The Magi account tells us about the reaction of three groups of people: pagans who, guided by a star’s tiny light, seek him; the representatives of the Temple religion who remain indifferent; the powerful King...

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