Entries for December 2017

Merry Christmas

Posted on December 25, 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters:         May Christmas joy fill your hearts and your homes! May Christmas joy fill you no matter how good or bad the daily news may be. May you have joy in the face of health challenges, money challenges, family challenges, and neighborhood challenges. May you have joy that can’t be taken away by any circumstance in life. Jesus’ quietly joyful birth in Bethlehem occurred in poverty and homelessness. It seems that all God needs is for human hearts - Mary’s, Joseph’s, the shepherds’ and ours – to welcome Him. Joy is such a simple, unadorned ...

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Advent Blog - 4th Sunday of Advent

Posted on December 24, 2017

“Till he appear'd and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope the weary soul rejoices” O Holy Night My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, On this my fifteenth Christmas as your Bishop, I pray that the blessings and peace of the newborn Savior be yours in abundance and that you may know anew the depth of God's love for you. I am so grateful to be celebrating with you this grace-filled event of Jesus' coming into our world. Christmas is best celebrated when we return to that first Christmas and celebrate its true meaning, Christ's birth. The Savior's birth unites us to God and to ...

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Advent Blog - 3rd Sunday of Advent

Posted on December 17, 2017

"There is one ... coming after me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie." Untying sandal straps was no prestigious job. In the days of John the Baptist, those straps would have been especially unpleasant to deal with. Besides the usual odors that accompany sockless leather footwear, there would have been the grime and dirt from the sandy roads and paths that swirled around the people who went everywhere on foot. Taking off someone's shoes upon their arrival was the task of the lowly servants. So when John says he's unworthy of doing this task for the "one who is coming after me," he is pu...

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Advent Blog - 2nd Sunday of Advent

Posted on December 09, 2017

"People of the whole Judean countryside and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem were going out to him." John the Baptist commanded quite a crowd. What was the attraction? Was it his unusual appearanceclothed in camel's hair? Perhaps it was his bizarre eating habits-feeding on locusts and wild honey. Or maybe people were captivated by the Baptist's remarkable humility in the face of such huge popularity-"I am not worthy." Unlike our modern fascination with standing in the presence of superstars, the crowds who flocked to John weren't looking for a thrill. They weren't lining up for autograph...

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Advent Blog - 1st Sunday of Advent

Posted on December 03, 2017

"Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come." On this First Sunday of Advent, Jesus gives us a wakeup call. This is no time for slumber. Now is the time to be on our toes, alert, attentive, ready. But for what? For the coming of "the Lord of the house." During Advent, the Church does her best to help us get ready for the second coming of Christ. We don't know precisely when he will return, but we know that he will. And the fact is, even if it doesn't happen in our lifetime, each and every one of us will still have to face the Lord at an unknown hour-namely, the hour of our de...

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