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Entries for December 2018

4th Sunday of Advent

Posted on December 20, 2018

Here we are, mere days from Christmas, and we hear a Gospel anticipat-ing the birth of another child. Mary has received word that her cousin Elizabeth is with child. Pregnant as she is, Mary "set out and traveled to the hill country in haste." She has recently received the greatest news of her life - that she is to be mother to the Messiah by the power of the Ho-ly Spirit - but her concern is for her cousin in need. Through God's grace, Elizabeth turns it into an opportunity to honor the coming Christ. "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb." Yet Mary's example of se...

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From our Bishop - Christmas Message 2018

Posted on December 20, 2018

  “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means “God is with us.” (Matthew 1:23)    My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,  May the spirit of this holy season fill your hearts with joy and your homes with peace! Christmas celebrates the great truth sent by the Father, “the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.” (John 1:14)  From generation to generation, we remember the events of that holy night and we celebrate His Nativity. Recounting Jesus’ birth, we rejoice in our churc...

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3rd Sunday of Advent

Posted on December 13, 2018

In Christianity, we hear often about the "Good News." We might often associate it with Jesus' compassion to the poor, his healings and miracles, and the salvation he won for us. In today's Gospel, we read of John the Baptist. "Exhorting them in many other ways, he preached good news to the people." Yet as we examine the rest of the reading, we see examples of John's preaching. If you have two cloaks, give one away. Don't cheat others out of their money, extort, or lie. And, of course, the warning that the Messiah is on the move and "his winnowing fan is in his hand to clear his thre...

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2nd Sunday of Advent

Posted on December 06, 2018

"In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Cae-sar...and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee...and Lysani-as was tetrach of..." Did you need to pinch yourself awake during the first few lines of this Sunday's Gospel? John the Baptist received quite a prelude today as Luke described the religious and political leadership of the time period. Scripture is divinely inspired, and we believe that everything that made it into the Bible is there for a reason. These lines remind us of an important truth. The Christmas story isn't a fairy tale or nursery rhyme. It's not a parable we say to give meaning to the ho...

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