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Today’s Readings – Sunday of Week 2 of Advent (A)

Commentary on Isaiah 11:1-10; Romans 15:4-9; Matthew 3:1-12

Last Sunday’s readings focused on the final goal and  meaning of our lives.  It is the reason for the coming of Christ among us.  Today we begin to look more directly at the coming of God’s Son in our midst as a preparation for that final coming.  The central figure in today’s Gospel is John the Baptist.

But first, we need to look at the powerful passage from Isaiah in the First Reading that is in two parts.

The first, is a picture of the perfect King.  He is a descendant of Jesse, who was the father of King David, and clearly points to Jesus.  He is full of the Spirit of God and enjoys the special gifts of the Spirit: wisdom, insight, counsel, power, knowledge and a deep sense of … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Saint Francis Xavier

Francis Xavier was born on 7 April, 1506 in his family’s small castle in Navarre, a Basque area in the Pyrenees. In September 1525 he went to begin studies at the College of Sainte-Barbe in the University of Paris. His roommate was Peter Faber (Pierre Favre) from the Savoy region of … Continue


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