Monthly Archives: December 2016

December 31

New Years Eve Reflection God is the God of our yesterdays as well as our tomorrows. We look at the year that has passed with its difficulties and disappointments as well as its joys and give thanks for life; we look toward the year to come with hope and confidence in God’s provident love. Grateful for the coming new year,…

Read more

December 29

Reflection Christ shines into the world through us when, as Mary did, we carry him within. When we live his vision of love and harmony, when we are moved with compassion for those who suffer, when we lend our efforts to building relationships of justice and peace, when we try to heal divisions and acrimony, then we enflesh his words…

Read more

December 28

Feast of the Holy Innocents Reflection Today is the traditional Feast of the Holy Innocents, those children who according to the Gospel story were killed at the order of King Herod in order to protect his own power and domination. This slaughter continues in our own time. We see children victimized by war and terrorism. Children suffer and die from disease,…

Read more

December 27

Reflection “Christmas is not a day, it’s a season. The calendar of commerce exalts the preparation for Christmas then recognizes no time for letting Christmas develop naturally afterward. This creates a real psychic rupture that is felt not just our individual lives but in our social world…To observe even a part of the real Christmas season—that is after Christmas Day—is…

Read more

December 26

Reflection Now that the shopping is over, the gifts are unwrapped, the cards have been sent, and the carols are sung, what about Jesus? Is his message as important as whether or not the shopping season had the hoped for effect on the economy? Howard Thurman said it so well: When the song of the angels is stilled, When the…

Read more

December 25

Christmas Day Reflection “Joy to the world! The Lord is come!” The light shines in the darkness.  We believe that darkness cannot overcome it.  We know that, in our hearts and the hearts of many, the message of light still speaks. Christmas is a day of hope as well as joy. We do not celebrate Jesus’ birthday remembering something that happened…

Read more

December 24

Christmas Eve Reflection Christmas Eve has its special memories. There is a special aura to it. It surfaces in memory our excited anticipation as children, the smell of a real tree in the house, gifts and family. We imagine snow and listen to Christmas carols. There is a joyfulness after Christmas Eve services, a camaraderie that is not there at…

Read more

December 23

Reflection We have many reasons this Advent to be discouraged. We wonder where we have strayed from justice, love and humility. There is darkness in our land that needs a sign of newness to encourage us. Our spirits long for insight into life. We want to emerge from our contradictions and to welcome Jesus into our lives. We want to…

Read more

December 22

Reflection The act of gift giving could be as old as humans. It has symbolic meaning in nearly every culture for as long as humanity has existed. Gift giving symbolizes love and appreciation. However, since now gift-giving has become big business. frustrated by crowds, traffic and commercialism, we can be tempted to opt out of gift giving altogether. Yet, giving…

Read more