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December 9, 2018 - Advent Intentionality

Second Sunday of Advent

Scripture Readings

In today’s gospel Luke provides us with some very descriptive historical details. This kind of historical detail is rare in the four gospels, because, in terms of literary genre, they are not historical books. The gospels are a unique genre, and it is meant to inspire faith. Since Luke does give us historical data, we must pay attention to it. Luke tells us who the Roman Emperor was (Tiberius Caesar), who the governor of Judea was (Pontus Pilate), who the regional leaders were (Herod, Phillip, and Lysanias), and who the high priest were (Annas and Caiaphas), when John the Baptist began his ministry. Surely, Luke was being intentional in giving these details. What do these details teach us? I would like to suggest three things:  

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December 8, 2018 - Chosen to Choose

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Scripture Readings

Anticipation. Advent is the season of anticipation and today we celebrate one of the greatest fests of anticipation. In anticipation of her role as Jesus' mother, we believe that God preserved Mary from Original sin and safeguarded her from personal sin. This is a feast that I find myself thinking about frequently, not just because our parish is Immaculate Conception, but it is a belief that raises a lot of questions from Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Here are two of my musings.

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December 7, 2018 - The Body/Soul Connection

Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Scripture Readings

Lots of non-Christians have wanted to claim that Christians are dualistic: that is, that they separate the body and the mind.  They claim we see bodies as evil, that we don't like sex, or eating, or anything else that is bodily.  Instead, we promote fasting and abstinence and giving up things as a way of trying to make our bodies insignificant.  

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December 6, 2018 -Building a Future Foundation

Thursday of the First Week of Advent

Scripture Readings

Today's gospel is one that many of us are familiar with - a house built on sand will crumble and fall, but a house built on a strong foundation of rock will be able to withstand the storms of this world.

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December 5, 2018 - Against All Appearances

Wednesday of the First Week of Advent

Scripture Readings

“It’s still dark out, Mama,” my three-year old exclaims, as we stumble down our steps and into our car, ready to start a new workday. I will take her to her preschool and then make the trek to my office. “Yes, it is still dark,” I affirm. And, while her three-year-old mind might not yet look ahead to the end of the day, I do - and I know that when I pick her up from preschool and get dinner started for the family, it will again be quite dark. Our going and our coming home are bookended by nighttime moon and stars; for these next couple months, days will be shorter and colder.

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