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The Word was made flesh. Sunday Reflections, 2nd Sunday After the Nativity, Years ABC

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The Virgin with the Child Jesus and the Child St John the Baptist  Francisco de Zurbarán [Web Gallery of Art] You can learn more about the paintinghere.
In Ireland the Solemnity of the Epiphany is a Holy Day of Obligation and is celebrated this year on Monday 6 January. In many countries the Epiphany is celebrated on this Sunday, 5 January. The readings below are those for the Second Sunday After the Nativity, observed in Ireland.
Readings(Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa)
GospelJohn 1:1-18. Shorter form: John 1:1-5, 9-14 [omitted] (Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition )
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. [There was…

'So was the Word made incarnation / In Mary’s womb, a son.' Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

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The Virgin of the Immaculate Conception El Greco [Web Gallery of Art]
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, observed on 8 December, is a holyday of obligation in many countries, eg, Ireland, the Philippines. This year it falls on the Second Sunday of Advent, which takes precedence over it. So the Solemnity is transferred to Monday 9 December. However, the obligation to attend Mass does not carry over.
Readings(New American Bible: Philippines, USA)
Readings(Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa)
GospelLuke 1:26-38 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition, Canada)
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, ‘Greetings, favoured one! The Lord is with you.’But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what…

'Blessed is the fruit of your womb.' Sunday Reflections, 4th Sunday of Advent, Year C

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Visitation, Luca della Robbia [Web Gallery of Art]

Readings(New American Bible: Philippines, USA)
Readings(Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa) GospelLuke 1:39-45 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition)
In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leapt for joy.And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.’
The Visitation, El Greco [Web Gallery of Art]
About eleven years ago I…

'There is nothing further for God to say.' Sunday Reflections, 2nd Sunday of Advent, Year C

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Linaioli Tabernacle, St John the Baptist, Fra Angelico 
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Readings(New American Bible: Philippines, USA)
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GospelLuke 3:1-6 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition)
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, ‘The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
“Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.    Every valley shall be filled, and every mount…