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The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

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In the liturgical season which follows Christmas until February 2nd, several events remind us the Jewish identity of Jesus:  his circumcision on the eighth day and, around one month later, his redeeming as a first born as well as the purification of Mary like all Jewish women  after giving birth. At the circumcision Jesus receives ... Read more...

The feast of Hannukah 5776

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Hanukka means inauguration, dedication: this festival takes place on the 25th of the month Kislev, ninth month of the Jewish year. It celebrates the dedication of the Second Temple after it had been profaned by the Greek empire in 164 bc (cf I Mac 4, 36-62; II Mac 10) , A midrash (Midrash Psikta Rabbati ... Read more...

Our Advent Journey 2014-4

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The Fourth Week The Fourth Week of Advent is very short this year, just three days plus the Vigil of Christmas; yet the Fourth Sunday of Advent takes us a very significant step further in our journey. The liturgy of this Sunday builds on the insights of the previous weeks in the wilderness, and exemplifies ... Read more...

Our Advent Journey 2014-3

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The Third Week The gospel passage for the Third Sunday of Advent is from the fourth gospel. Here again we are in the wilderness with John the Baptist, but now our attention shifts from the Second Sunday’s focus on the Baptist’s prophetic message, to this Sunday’s captivation with the identity of the messenger and his ... Read more...

Our Advent Journey 2014-2

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The Second Week The Second and Third Sundays of Advent urge us to spend time in the “wilderness,” attentive to the wisdom of John the Baptist. On both Sundays, Second Isaiah, a prophet of the Babylonian exile, speaks again, now in the Gospel passages, shaping the essential message of each. From Isaiah 40 comes the ... Read more...