In this week’s breaking open the word: This Sunday is Gaudete Sunday; a day to rejoice! In fact, Gaudete means rejoice. We’re halfway to Christmas, and that’s nothing to sneeze at! Our scripture readings today reflect that joy and recall the “jubilee” spirit that Jesus brought with him when he became one of us. Online you’ll find a reflection on the readings, questions to ask your Catholic kids, and Bible study helps.
This Second Sunday of Advent, we hear a message of peace so profound, all of nature is affected by it. And the most interesting part of this is the linkage between the peace of God and the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. This week’s opening the word has a short reflection on the Scriptures, some questions to ask your family, and a Bible study to share with your kids. Find the complete post online.
Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, but before we get there, we have a whole season of Advent to get through! The Church, in her wisdom, designed a time of slowing down and reflection in what is for most people one of the busiest times of year. Today we begin that season, and also the new liturgical year. Help your family understand and anticipate with this week’s Scripture reflection, questions, and Bible study helps. Find everything online.
It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine! Well, it’s probably not quite the end, but this weekend’s readings remind us that Jesus will be coming back and we should never be afraid.
It’s November—the month that we remember our Saints, our beloved dead, and we get ready to close out the liturgical year. This weekend’s readings engage all of these themes, preparing us for what is to come.