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Wednesday, December 25
Feast of the Nativity of the Lord | Barbara Bowles
In the Beginning . . . . . The Word Life Exists Hunger Whispers Thirst Speaks Work Reverberates Love Manifests Relationships Creates Happiness Became flesh Light Embryo Glory Fetus Refulgence Newborn Grace Child Truth Teenager Fullness Adult Power And dwelt among us Jesus is born Family Shouts of joy Neighborhood Faithfulness Town Songs of praise State Comfort Country Enlightenment World Glad tidings Amen.
Tuesday, December 24
Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent | Maria Anne Brighoff
I saw a great sight It happened one night There was a great light Angels formed a ring So they could sing To the newly born king During the day He was laid on a bed of hay To show us the way This sight you see Was made for you and me So that we Could learn to be Believers in the unseen I have learned to see And love and be With a full heart Mind and head To see and hear Is good for the soul. Amen.
Monday, December 23
Monday of the Fourth Week of Advent | Janice Bonner
It had been nine months since he had doubted the hand of God working in their lives. Nine months. In the beginning, it had made sense to stubbornly cling to his denial. After all, the possibility that Elizabeth would be with child was about as likely as—as a virgin being with child. But as she grew larger and larger, he could no longer deny what God was bringing about. Especially after her cousin’s visit, she carried herself with a quiet assurance that seemed to be grounded in her faith in the Lord God.
Sunday, December 22
Sunday of the Fourth Week of Advent | Rosemary Wallace
In the Gospel of Matthew, Saint Joseph is described as a righteous man who was unwilling to publicly denounce Mary, his betrothed, when he found out that she was with child. He decided to divorce her quietly. This is a great example of forbearance. Joseph decided to act more gently than custom allowed and withhold harsh judgment. His decision would protect Mary from shame and harm.
Saturday, December 21
Saturday of the Third Week of Advent | Nancy Lowitt
“Arise, my beloved, my dove, my beautiful one, and come!” SG 2:8-14 We’ve had cold windy days already, but this morning I walked my puppy across the Cathedral plaza in full sun with no wind. Charles Street was quiet. As I felt the warm sun on my upturned face, I heard the two-tone call of the black capped chickadee, and my heart ached. The black-capped chickadee overwinters with us, keeping us company through the long winter, but I always associate this call with the early spring and the promise of warm unstructured summer days to come.
Friday, December 20
Friday of the Third Week of Advent | Jason Gaarder
Biblical imagery of going from darkness to light has made its way into secular Christmas traditions in a wide variety of ways from the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge to the beautiful proliferation of holiday lights in many neighborhoods. While it may feel antithetical to Christian ideals of Christmas to see Christmas merchandise in stores before Halloween, God, in his infinite wisdom, has created avenues to share the light of his teachings with us through secular Christmas traditions just as through the story of the birth of Jesus.
Thursday, December 19
Thursday of the Third Week of Advent | Fritz Bauerschmidt
The “O Antiphons” are the antiphons used with the Magnificat (the Song of Mary found in Luke 1:46-55) at Evening Prayer on the eight days prior to Christmas. The Church has sung these as part of the liturgy since at least the eighth century, but they are probably most familiar as paraphrased in the hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” They mark a shift in the season of Advent, when the liturgy turns from contemplating the second coming of Christ, at the end of history, to preparing to celebrate his first coming, in the midst of history. The texts draw on imagery from the Old Testament that expresses the hope of ancient Israel for a savior, a messiah, who would fulfill God’s promises: the promise made to Abraham that through him and his offspring the whole world would be blessed; the promise made to Moses that God would make his people a holy nation and priestly people; the promise made to David that his kingdom and lineage would not fail. These promises find their fulfillment in the birth of Jesus.
Wednesday, December 18
Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent | Kaitlyn Griffin
Christmas is a good time to remember the less fortunate around us. I often think about those who won’t be having a good Christmas, because of things like poverty and homelessness. At this point in my life, I unfortunately don’t have the means to help these people very much. I don’t have much money to give, and I have next to no time to offer. I have plenty of ideas about how I would like to help when I’m older, though. The best thing I can do right now is pray. Some people would say that praying doesn’t really do much, but I believe it has more power than people give it credit for. I pray that God will inspire those with the means to help those less fortunate. I pray that God will inspire me to use the means I do have to help in whatever ways I can.
Tuesday, December 17
Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent | Kaitlyn Griffin
Christmas is a fun time, but there is an element of sadness for me. About twelve years ago, a close family member passed away the day after Christmas. So every year, Christmas is immediately followed by sadness and remembrance. After he passed away, I spent a lot of time trying to figure out why. Given how young I was, I thought it was some sort of logical cause and effect. When I got a bit older, I shifted more towards thinking that maybe God was trying to save him from a sad life. Now I am in my twenties, and have had many more years of learning about God. My faith has grown and I have been better able to fully appreciate the gift of creation God has given us. I stopped asking why, and started to appreciate the knowledge I gained from the experience that I didn’t realize I was gaining.
Monday, December 16
Monday of the Third Week of Advent | Vanessa Johnson
As a rebellious teen, I loved the story in today’s Gospel. The chief priests and elders demand to know: “By what authority are you doing these things?” Jesus says: answer my question and I’ll answer yours. And they were stumped. My teen self thought: Ha! Take that, authority figures! I loved the story, but now I realize that I didn’t understand it, and I didn’t understand Jesus. Jesus wasn’t concerned with putting people in their place; he was focused on helping people find their place. In God’s realm, Jesus says, all of us belong.