Since Advent began this liturgical year, we have contemplated Call: our call to God in the voices of the prophets, our yearning to be saved, heard, healed; our pleas for God to “Renew the face of the earth.” With all generations we call God to remember the promises to the people who are God’s own. Continue reading →
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“And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly, the heavens were opened to him and there was the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” – Matthew 3: 16-17
Every evening, a young man comes home from his day’s events, parks his bike and chains it to the stop sign on the corner across from our Peace Center in New Orleans. Every morning when we are at prayers, we can see that the bike is still there. Nothing too unusual one might say; except that there have been a rash of bicycle thefts in the neighborhood. So, what is so special about this one bike that no one seems to prize it as they do others? Maybe there is some secret protector watching over it? Continue reading →
I am part of a group who agreed to a gift giving plan this Christmas in which we suggest to each other three things we would like for Christmas. I suspect you may have encountered this approach to Christmas gift giving yourself.
It’s not that I don’t want gifts! But it is hard to make suggestions, it feels funny and oddly uncomfortable. I’m having a hard time naming my three things because I keep thinking of really BIG things like an end to the war in Syria, a ban on assault weapons, or that Donald Trump would drop out of the presidential race. Continue reading →
“O come, Desire of Nations, Desire of our longing hearts.”
Advent, “Coming,” the Church’s special celebration of our longing for the presence of Christ, has found itself, or us, in an atmosphere crammed with obstacles to seeking and finding the depths of our desire. Where God promises an abundance of life, waters flowing, protection of the flock, mountains made low and rough terrain smooth, a peace to quiet our frenetic lives, we find ourselves instead pressed to trudge a wholly different terrain. As God promises a smooth highway, a time of flowing waters on the parched Earth, a coming-together in peace for humanity, we’re faced with mountains of obligations, piles of card, stacks of Christmas lists, the necessary bumps and boulders of parties, concerts, plays and pageants, gift exchanges, cookie baking, and ways that are rough with stress instead of flowing with God’s glad tidings. The highway of our God? We are plotting our trips from sale to sale, and driving in circles to find places in parking lots. Continue reading →