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December 30, 2018

Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7; John 1:1-18

Life itself has come into being through Jesus, the Christ. He is life which is light and a hope that is for all people. What we might call Jesus is “life itself,” the making of a life worth living, treasuring, emb...

December 27, 2018

Merry Christmas!! As we travel through the twelve days of Christmas, my heart turns toward gratitude. For some reason, this felt like a really long December. How about you? There were many projects, challenges, and activities at work, home, and in the community. I felt...

December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas! This little piece of Luke’s Gospel – the prelude to Jesus’ birth – is often overlooked. Jesus was born in a barn, because the inn was full. And, by the way, they were only in Bethlehem to fulfill the Roman requirement to be counted in a census that wou...

December 24, 2018

Hey, can you remind me where Jesus was born? Stable, barn…some people think that he may have even been born in a cave, which is where they often had places set up for animals.

What are caves like? Not big huge ones, but small ones, like a bear might live in? What are th...

December 24, 2018

I have always loved, loved, loved the hymn we just sang: It Came Upon the Midnight Clear. The lovely, almost haunting melody is one that I can hear again and again. Sometimes the melody can obscure the solemnity of its message: that upon a midnight clear came the answe...

December 23, 2018

Micah 5:2-5a; Psalm 80:1-7; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45 (46-55)

God is on the move! We have heard this phrase many times before. The Holy Spirit is moving us! Yet, sometimes it feels like nothing is moving; like the world is flying past us as technology moves ever fur...

December 20, 2018

Then Mary said, “Here I am, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.” Luke 1: 38

I have often wondered, “Where did the angel go, after Mary gave him her affirmative reply?” He didn’t have to wait long for her t...

December 16, 2018

Zephaniah 3:14-20; Canticle 9; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18

The exultancy of the first readings today shatters any gloom that might threaten us! “Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O, Israel! The Lord has taken away the judgments against you … he will rejoice over yo...

December 9, 2018

Baruch 5:1-9; Canticle 16; Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6

When I looked at the reading from Luke for the first time on Monday, I thought to myself, “Wow, I feel sorry for the poor soul who is going to have read all those Greek names on Sunday.” Then I remembered, that p...

December 6, 2018

Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. 1 John 4: 8-9

Today is the Feast of St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra. We struggle to think of St....

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