Advent – Christmas 2013

Advent Day 20 – What wondrous love is this?

Friday of the third week of Advent  O Come, O come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here, Until the Son of God appear, Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel! Emmanuel, they tell us you are “God-with-us.” Where are you, Emmanuel? Are you here? Are you here in […]

Advent Day 19 — Our vulnerable God

Thursday of the third week of Advent Luke tells us the charming story that God became incarnate ~ enfleshed ~ as a little vulnerable baby boy. It truly is amazing to really think about that. Even if you’re not ready to accept the story as true, the meaning of that story can really grab you if you […]

Advent Day 18: Depressed or lonely at Christmas?

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 Wednesday of the third week of Advent  There sometimes can be a lot of depression swirling around at Christmas. People can feel lonelier because we’re expected […]

Advent Day 17 – What’s it all about?

Tuesday of the third week of Advent  Dear reader, I’ve decided to take a deeper turn in this Advent blog. As I get closer to Christmas, my prayer is opening up to two things in the last few days. (1) a deeper realization of my sinfulness and frail human nature. and (2) an ongoing surrender […]

Advent Day 16 – The Burning Bush of the World

Monday of the third week of Advent  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 hearts this day. We invite you […]

Advent Day 15 ~ Rejoice! The Lord is near!

Third Sunday of Advent In our Catholic liturgical calendar this is “Gaudete Sunday — the Sunday of Joy.    We’re half way through Advent and the vestment color is Rose, rather than purple, the color of penitence.  So, we see the celebrant in rose vestments. This is supposed to be a joyful time of year but […]

Advent Day 13 – What are you waiting for?

Friday of the second week of Advent   One of the major themes of Advent I promised I would talk about is  “waiting.” The Jewish people are waiting for the Messiah.  We are waiting for the return of Christ. Some expect him “soon and very soon.” (As for me, I don’t worry my lil head […]