Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

On September 30, 2019, Pope Francis declared that the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time would be celebrated as the annual Sunday of the Word of God. As the mysterious ways of God have unfolded, we have found that during the very period since we began highlighting the Word...

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Last Sunday, we celebrated the Baptism of the Lord, which inaugurated Jesus’ public ministry. Although the Christmas/Epiphany season officially ended with that feast, the Church continues to celebrate the many ways by which Jesus reveals himself in our midst each day....

Feast of the Santo Niño

The Feast of the Santo Niño was established to honor Jesus Christ. The Santo Niño is a sacred image which is connected with the very beginning of Christianity in the Philippines. The small statue now in Cebu, the Santo Niño de Cebu, arrived with Magellan and his crew,...

The Baptism of the Lord

Our Gospel today, neatly presented in two paragraphs, describes for us two elements, one human and the other divine. The first sentence sets the scene: “The people were filled with expectation….” This brief statement conjures up for us a sense of the excitement that...

The Epiphany of the Lord

On Epiphany Sunday, we reflect on the Light of Christ – the Light who is Christ – which shines on all nations. As we read in Pope Francis’s Spiritual Reflection, Epiphany is “the celebration of the manifestation of Jesus, symbolized by light.” The liturgy explains in...