This weeks readings from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which uses the New American Bible.
Birth of John the Baptist (Year B) (Isaiah 49:1-6; Psalm 139; Acts 13:22-26; Luke 1:57-66, 80)
The Word On Fire – Fr. Robert Barron’s internet site offers many interesting insights into all things Catholic. Fr. Barron has a full library of homilies that he has prepared and we will be featuring a link here to his 15 minute reflections on this week’s readings.
This Sunday: Note: This is a homily from second week of Advent about John the Baptist. Therefore it matches the subject for this week but not the reading. “The first step in the spiritual life is simple: you must see your life not as your own project but as a vehicle for God’s purposes. However, we are all absorbed in our own lives, forgetting that the road to God is one of self-forgetfulness. This disposition helps us to focus on Christ and his mission. But in order for us to do this we must be cleansed of all attachments and baptized in the fiery love of God. ..”
Fr. Scott Lewis is associate professor of New Testament at Regis College in Toronto. Each week Fr. Lewis writes a short reflection on the upcoming readings in the Catholic Register.
This Sunday: “What will this child become? Many people — especially new parents — ask this question when they gaze upon a newborn baby. In any large group of infants there are a few who will become great, a much larger group destined for relative anonymity and a few headed for frightening notoriety. All, however, enter this world with free will and a wide range of possibilities. No one begins life with a signed and sealed fate from which there is no escape.”
Fr. Greg Friedman
Sunday Soundbites is a weekly, 90-second radio homily based on the Sunday readings, written and read by Fr. Greg Friedman, O.F.M. Sunday Soundbites is also heard on Catholic radio stations around the country.