Tax collectors were reviled among the Jewish people in Jesus’ time, not only because they aided the financial efforts of the occupying Roman force, but also because they associated with ritually unclean Gentiles in doing so, and because some collected more than the law required. Despite that reputation, Levi—also known as Matthew—is more willing to…

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We are on the cusp of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ! But how and why do we arrive at and celebrate Christmas? Today’s readings on the Fourth Sunday of Advent provide us clues. In the First Reading, King David laments that he has a palace while God has only a tent in which…

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The great blessing and price of following Jesus are both hinted at in today’s readings. The readings serve as important reminders as we draw closer to the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe this Sunday, which culminates the Church’s annual liturgical year and anticipates the triumphant joy we will have in heaven, provided…

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