The Magi reflect "all those who in their lives have let their hearts be anesthetized," the pope said Jan. 6, the feast of the Epiphany.
Faith and Justice: The early Christians saw in Jesus the fulfillment of the hopes and promises of Isaiah. What they gradually realized was that they are now the body of Christ in the world.
The Peace Pulpit: "I hope that as we spend this final week of preparation for celebrating the birth of Jesus, that we dwell for a while on Joseph."
The Peace Pulpit: "Jesus is preaching a whole different kind of message than John the Baptist and many of the prophets, and John found it hard to accept."
Distinctly Catholic: The faux-War on Christmas is hooey best ignored. Until it results in an Electoral College victory, at which point you can no longer ignore it.
The Peace Pulpit: Yes, there will be a time of judgment. But there will also be that time if we do the work of Jesus, when the fullness of life will begin to happen for every person on this planet.
Francis Chronicles: "What must we do with bothersome people?" the pope asked. First, look in the mirror and see "if we, too, may sometimes prove to be bothersome to others."
The Peace Pulpit: "Will we be people who believe in Jesus … even in those times of stress and difficulty where there seems to be darkness?"
Mary Magdalene has been "interpreted and misinterpreted, just as Jesus has been interpreted and misinterpreted," according to Michael Haag, historian and author of The Quest for Mary Magdalene.
The Peace Pulpit: "It's what Jesus came to do -- to transform our world into as close an image of the reign of God as possible."