Posted on Jan 1, 2009 in Homilies
Fr. Dan Ruff, S.J. – Pastor
Old St. Joseph’s Church – 10:30 a.m.
January 1, 2009 – Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Today is a very rich feast day. In the secular calendar, of course, it is New Year’s day. For us Jesuits, it is the titular feast of the Society, the feast of the Holy Name of Jesus; because, as you just heard at the end of the Gospel, we remember the Jewish tradition of officially naming the child on the octave of his birth. In the same ceremony, the male child is circumcised, as you also heard in the Gospel; and those old enough to remember...