First Sunday of Lent – February 18, 2018

[Excerpted from the January/February 2018 issue of Emmanuel. Blessed Sacrament Father Paul J. Bernier served for many years as the editor of Emmanuel. He is a popular writer, preacher, and director of retreats. Among his many published works is Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach, Second Edition, published by Orbis Books in […]







The Epiphany of the Lord – January 7, 2018

[Excerpted from the January/February 2018 issue of Emmanuel. Blessed Sacrament Father Paul J. Bernier served for many years as the editor of Emmanuel. He is a popular writer, preacher, and director of retreats. Among his many published works is Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach, Second Edition, published by Orbis Books in […]


The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, & Joseph

[by Rev. John Christman, SSS] When we look at the family in contemporary American society, what do we see? A few years ago I did some research on this topic and was surprised by what I discovered. The New York Times reported a surprising statistic. They said that, “After steadily rising for ve decades, the […]


December 25, 2017 The Nativity of the Lord Christmas

[by Barbara Shanahan] Mass at Midnight: Isaiah 9:1-6; Psalm 96:1-3; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-4 Mass at Dawn: Isaiah 62:11-12; Psalm 97:1, 6, 11-12; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:1-14 Mass of the Day: Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98:1-6; Hebrews 1:1-6; John 1:1-18 The readings for the three Masses of Christmas set before us a particular insight into the […]


December 24, 2017 Fourth Sunday of Advent

[by Barbara Shanahan] 2 Samuel 7:1-5,8b-12,14a,16; Psalm 89:2-3,4-5,27,29; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38 What happens to us when God makes promises and they don’t seem to materialize? Or we pray and what we earnestly seek isn’t happening? Could it be that our expectation of how things should play out does not match up with God’s plan […]


December 17, 2017 Third Sunday of Advent

[by Barbara Shanahan] Isaiah 61:1-2a,10-11; Luke 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54;1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28 I do not know to whom to give credit or thanks for this de nition of Joy, but on this Gaudete Sunday, when we are called to “rejoice always”, joy may seem a disconnect from the real world where we live […]


December 10, 2017 – Second Sunday of Advent

[by Barbara Shanahan] Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11; Psalm 85: 9-10, 11-12, 13-14; 2 Peter 3:8-14; Mark 1: 1-8 Beginnings and endings give a shape to the readings for this week. How timely as we end an old year and begin a new one. How often in life are endings just new beginnings and beginnings clear endings […]


First Sunday of Advent (Year B)

[Excerpted from the November December 2017 issue of Emmanuel. Barbara Shanahan is an alumna of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois. She has led the Buffalo, New York, Catholic Bible Studies Program since 1992.] Soon we will welcome a New Year. We celebrate and mark the procession of time by making resolutions to help us […]


Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

[Excerpted from the November December 2017 issue of Emmanuel. Barbara Shanahan is an alumna of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois. She has led the Buffalo, New York, Catholic Bible Studies Program since 1992.] The title “King” weaves throughout Matthew’s Gospel: “Where is the child who has been born King of the Jews? We have […]


Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Excerpted from the November December 2017 issue of Emmanuel. Barbara Shanahan is an alumna of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois. She has led the Buffalo, New York, Catholic Bible Studies Program since 1992.] If we would search out one line of thought in the readings for this week it might be an answer to […]


Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Excerpted from the November December 2017 issue of Emmanuel. Barbara Shanahan is an alumna of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois. She has led the Buffalo, New York, Catholic Bible Studies Program since 1992.] Take note of the way Lady Wisdom is described in today’s first reading! She is resplendent, desirable, and attentive. Finding her […]


Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Excerpted from the November December 2017 issue of Emmanuel. Barbara Shanahan is an alumna of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois. She has led the Buffalo, New York, Catholic Bible Studies Program since 1992.] The readings for this week form a kind of sandwich: the text from Malachi and the Gospel point up the negative […]


Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Excerpted from the scripture reflection prepared for the September/October 2017 issue of Emmanuel by Brother John Barker, OFM, of Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Illinois.] Throughout the last several weeks, we have been exploring through the readings the theme of thinking and acting like God, allowing our minds to be transformed so that we conform ourselves […]


Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Excerpted from the scripture reflection prepared for the September/October 2017 issue of Emmanuel by Brother John Barker, OFM, of Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Illinois.] In this week’s Gospel, Jesus does more than simply avoid being trapped by the Pharisees. He also provides us with a reminder about the relative power and importance of earthly rulers. […]