Advent – Christmas 2010
Wednesday of the Second week of Advent Our God Becomes Flesh (and Hanukkah Day 2) Dear Friends, Today, let’s reflect on the mystery of the Incarnation — the Christmas portion of our faith. (If you do not accept this as an article of faith, then just consider it as a beautiful story; it still has […]
The Evangelist Luke places these words in the mouth of Mary at the very beginning of the story of Jesus. It is the “Magnificat,” the Canticle of Mary, sung or recited by priests and nuns and monks all over the world every day of the year at Evensong. I would like you to notice how radical this message is: “Cast down the mighty.” “Raise up the lowly.” “Send the rich away empty. ”People have been thrown into prison for saying things like that. But these words are two thousand years old! An essential and enduring part of the Christmas story as told by Luke.
This is a feast of Mary for us Catholic’s. In today’s gospel, we read the story of Mary’s Yes to God, her consent to bring Jesus into our . (Click here to read entire text:) Luke 1:26-38.) I offer for your reflection the Song of Mary that Luke places upon her lips ~ the […]
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception This is a feast of Mary for us Catholic’s. In today’s gospel, we read the story of Mary’s Yes to God, her consent to bring Jesus into our . (Click here to read entire text:) Luke 1:26-38.) I offer for your reflection the Song of Mary that Luke […]
Tuesday of the First Week of Advent Dear Friends, Isaiah dreams of a bright future for us; he also chastises us for our idolatry and unfaithfulness to God and our best selves (We will look at this later>) But today he shows us a wonderful vision: the animals lead the way to peace! Then the wolf […]
O come, thou dayspring, come and cheer Our spirits by thine advent here; Disperse the gloomy clouds of night And death’s dark shadows put to flight. ~ O Antiphons Fourth Sunday of Advent There sometimes can be a lot of depression swirling around at Christmas. People can feel lonelier because we’re expected to be cheerier […]
Saturday of the third week of Advent Christmas Eve is a week away. Advent themes are all about waiting for light to shine in our darkness. For we who are Christians we await, Jesus, Yeshua, who is for us the Light of the World. We prepare a place for him to shine in our own […]