Advent & Christmas Lent through Pentecost Ordinary Time Solemnities, Feasts, etc. Cycle A Cycle C


This page offers scriptural reflections, authored by Fr. Francis Martin, for Advent and through the Christmas Seasonfor Cycle B. The topics covered across this set of resources range from reflections on preaching to commentary onVerbum Domini and commentary on feast days and special liturgies within this season.

An asterisk (*) on scripture references indicates "selected" verses.

You can find the same resources on the following YouTube playlists:

These reflections were recorded in 2011 and 2012 with just a few additional reflections recorded in 2014. 

1st Sunday Advent (Cycle B)  Listen Watch 
Reflection Verbum Domini No. 37
Trust
2011
2014
2011
2014
First Reading
Psalm
Isaiah 63:16B-17, 19B; 64:2-7
Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
 2011
2014
2011
2014
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 2011
2014
2011
2014
Gospel Mark 13:33-37 2011
2014
2011
2014
2nd Sunday Advent (Cycle B)    
Reflection Verbum Domini No. 38
The Spirit of Prayer and Longing
2011
2014
2011
2014
First Reading
Psalm
Isaiah 40:1-5,9-11
Psalm 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14
2011
2014
2011
2014
Second Reading 2 Peter 3:8-14 2011
2014
2011
2014
Gospel Mark 1:1-8 2011
2014
2011
2014
3rd Sunday Advent (Cycle B)    
Reflection Verbum Domini Nos. 39-40
The Joy of the Gospel
2011
2014
2011
2014
First Reading
Psalm
Isaiah 61:1-2,10-11
Luke 1:46-50,53-54
2011
2014
2011
2014
Second Reading 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 2011
2014
2011
2014
Gospel John 1:6-8,19-28 2011
2014
2011
2014
4th Sunday Advent (Cycle B)    
Reflection Dei Verbum No. 39 Listen Watch
First Reading
Psalm
2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16
Psalm 89:2-5,27,29
Listen Watch
Second Reading Romans 16:25-27 Listen Watch
Gospel Luke 1:26-38 Listen Watch
The Nativity of the Lord,  Mass During the Night Christmas (Cycle B)    
Reflection
First Reading
The history and the mystery
Isaiah 9:1-6
Listen Watch
Psalm Psalm 96:1-3,11-13 Listen Watch
Second Reading Titus 2:11-14 Listen Watch
Gospel Luke 2:1-14 Listen Watch
The Nativity of the Lord, Mass During the Day Christmas (Cycle B)    
Reflection The Incarnation Listen Watch
First Reading
Psalm
Isaiah 52:7-10
Psalm 98:1-6
Listen Watch
Second Reading Hebrews 1:1-6 Listen Watch
Gospel John 1:1-18 Listen Watch
The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Christmas (Cycle B)
(Reflections Not Recorded)

Cycle A Cycle C
The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God Solemnity, Christmas (Cycle B)    
Reflection Abraham, Father of the Old Covenant and Mary, Mother of the New Covenant Listen Watch
First Reading
Psalm
Numbers 6:22-27
Psalm 66:2-3,5-6,8
Listen Watch
Second Reading Galatians 4:4-7 Listen Watch
Gospel Luke 2:16-21 Listen Watch
The Epiphany of the Lord Christmas (Cycle B)    
Reflection The Example of the Magi Listen Watch
First Reading
Psalm
Isaiah 60:1-6
Psalm 72:1-2,7-8,10-13
Listen Watch
Second Reading Ephesians 3:2-3a,5-6 Listen Watch
Gospel Matthew 2:1-12 Listen Watch
The Baptism of the Lord Christmas (Cycle B)
(Reflections Not Recorded)
Cycle A Cycle C

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