Reflections - Advent/Christmas, Cycle A

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


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

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

These reflections were recorded in 2010 and 2011. 

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1st Sunday Advent (Cycle A)    
Reflection Theological reflection on preaching Listen Watch
First Reading Isaiah 2:1-5 Listen Watch
Psalm
Second Reading
Psalm 122:1-9
Romans 13:11-14
Listen Watch
Gospel Matthew 24:37-44 Listen Watch
2nd Sunday Advent (Cycle A)    
Reflection The priesthood and teaching Listen Watch
First Reading Isaiah 11:1-10 Listen Watch
Psalm
Second Reading
Psalm 72
Romans 15:4-9
Listen Watch
Gospel Matthew 3:1-12 Listen Watch
3rd Sunday Advent (Cycle A)    
Reflection The power of the word Listen Watch
First Reading Isaiah 35:1-6a; 10 Listen Watch
Psalm
Second Reading
Psalm 146
James 5:7-10
Listen Watch
Gospel Matthew 11:2-11 Listen Watch
4th Sunday Advent (Cycle A)    
Reflection Spiritual understanding of scripture Listen Watch
First Reading Isaiah 7:1-14 Listen Watch
Psalm
Second Reading
Psalm 24
Romans 1:1-7
Listen Watch
Gospel Matthew 1:18-24 Listen Watch
Mass During the Night Christmas (Cycle A)    
Reflection History of the Feast Listen Watch
First Reading Isaiah 9:1-6 Listen Watch
Psalm
Second Reading
Psalm 96: 1-3, 11-12, 13
Titus 2:11-14
Listen Watch
Gospel John 1:1-18 Listen Watch
Mass at Dawn Christmas (Cycle A)    
Reflection Christmas Liturgy Listen Watch
First Reading Isaiah 62:11-12 Listen Watch
Psalm
Second Reading
Psalm 97:1, 6, 11-12
Titus 3:4-7
Listen Watch
Gospel Luke 2:15 Listen Watch
Mass During the Day Christmas (Cycle A)    
Reflection The Incarnation Listen Watch
First Reading Isaiah 52:7-10 Listen Watch
Psalm
Second Reading
Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6
Hebrews 1:1-6
Listen Watch
Gospel Luke 2:15 Listen Watch
The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Christmas (Cycle A)    
Reflection Family Listen Watch
First Reading Sirach 3:2-7, 12-14 Listen Watch
Psalm
Second Reading
Psalm 128:1-5
Colossians 3:12-21
Listen Watch
Gospel Matthew 2:12-15 Listen Watch
The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God Solemnity, Christmas (Cycle A)    
Reflection Feast of Mary, Mother of God Listen Watch
First Reading Numbers 6:22-27 Listen Watch
Psalm
Second Reading
Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8
Galations 4:4-7
Listen Watch
Gospel Luke 2:16-21 Listen Watch
The Epiphany of the Lord Christmas (Cycle A)    
Reflection Epiphany of the Lord Listen Watch
First Reading Isiah 60:1-6 Listen Watch
Psalm
Second Reading
Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13
Ephesians 3:2-3A, 5-6
Listen Watch
Gospel Matthew 2:1-12 Listen Watch
The Baptism of the Lord Christmas (Cycle A)    
Reflection Baptism of the Lord Listen Watch
First Reading Isiah 42:1-4, 6-7 Listen Watch
Psalm
Second Reading
Psalm 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10
Acts 10:34-38
Listen Watch
Gospel Matthew 3:13-17 Listen Watch

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