Monthly Archives: December 2019

December 30

Reflection The gospel story of the birth of Jesus, and circumstances in which we encounter this reality provide us with the Jesus way to live in the midst of a world terribly divided by political, economic, and nationalistic tensions.  What if each of us sought to bring love and light, warmth and peace, to the situations of our lives much…

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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. Powerful people earn billions protecting their own economic and political interests while children suffer…

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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? Now that the past frenetic days have…

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December 26

Reflection 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. Only Christianity argues that the Creator has taken on the flesh and blood of creation in order to bring us to…

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December 25

Christmas Day Reflection We do not celebrate Jesus’ birthday remembering something that happened long ago. We celebrate the stupendous fact of the Incarnation. “This is a profound faith statement by which we hold that the Holy One, the source of everything that is, emerged most fully in Jesus of Nazareth.  We hold that in everything Jesus stood for, lived and…

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December 24

Christmas Eve  Reflection  Christmas Eve is filled with anticipation. There is a special aura about it. Children feel the excitement of Santa and Christmas morning. Adults each hold their own store of memories. The Christmas story is heard sung in carols and it mellows our hearts. We have spent Advent in the darkest time of the year, and the darkness…

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December 23

Reflection                O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver, desire of the nations, Savior of all people, come set us free, Lord our God.   Emmanuel means God is with us. For the ancient Israelites that presence would be in a savior who would come and set them free from oppression. For us, we are reminded that through Jesus we are…

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December 22

Reflection O Ruler of all nations, the only joy of every human heart; O Keystone of the mighty arch of man, come save the creature you fashioned from the dust. We know now that we are all related in our origins from that primal matter which fashioned our planet. Yet, we are not just creatures “fashioned from the dust”. Rather…

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