Monthly Archives: December 2017

December 30

Reflection Christmas teaches that God is at home with us. “We are one in the family of faith, sharing our small planet as together we hurl through space. This is our home and these are our brothers and sisters. We have no excuse to be irresponsible, selfish, or unjust, but we also have the invitation to rest, to find warmth,…

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December 29

Reflection Christ shines into the world through us when we carry his  message  within us. 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 and…

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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,…

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December 27

Reflection Now that the shopping is over, the gifts are unwrapped, the cards have been sent, and the carols are sung, what about Jesus? Have we embraced the baby and forgotten the man? Is his message as important as whether or not the shopping season had the hoped for effect on the economy? In the midst of the past frenetic…

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December 26

Reflection The very scandal of Christianity lies in the fact that it sees divinity in humanity. It’s a hard idea to swallow.  Every major religion recognizes the role of the Creator in the development of life. Gods everywhere look down from the heavens of the world religions and pronounce laws or grapple with demons or pass judgment from on high.…

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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…

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December 24

Christmas Eve Reflection For each of us Christmas Eve has its special memories. There is a special aura about it.  We remember 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. After Christmas Eve services there is a joyfulness, a camaraderie that is not…

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December 23

Reflection Advent relieves us of our commitment to the frenetic in a fast-paced world.  It slows us down.  It makes us think.  It makes us look beyond today to the “great tomorrow” of life.  Without Advent, moved only by the race to nowhere that exhausts the world around us, we could be so frantic with trying to consume and control…

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December 22

Reflection We seek wisdom. Our spirits long for insight into life. How can we try to see the world through the eyes of its Creator? Where do we find direction to guide our actions? We are invited to trust that Jesus’ life and words show the way to live with spiritual integrity. The cry “Come” is repeated in the liturgy…

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