O Root of Jesse: Getting out of God’s Way

O Root of Jesse, you have been raised up as a sign for all peoples; kings stand silent in your presence; the nations bow down in worship before you. Come, let nothing keep you from coming to our aid. The Hebrew Bible, what Christians call the Old Testament, offers several instances that were understood by Christians […]

Christmas: The coming of the Poor, Refugee, Prince of Peace

There is often a lot of attention given to the “reason for the season” or the admonition to “keep Christ in Christmas,” but far-too-little attention is paid to who this Christ is and what it means for us. Pope Francis, in his Christmas night homily, explains that we live in a world that is oversaturated with […]

The Advent or ‘Invention’ of Christ?

Advent. It’s a new church year, a new liturgical season, and the beginning of the month-long countdown until Christmas. Few people realize that with the beginning of Advent the church celebrates a new year, which includes a switch over to a new synoptic Gospel (this year it’s Matthew) that will guide the selections throughout the liturgical […]