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Year B 2011 - 2012

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Christmas & Epiphany

December 25, 2011 – Christmas DayIf we have much taste for a God, what we want and think we need is a powerful God. True, we want a god who is kind to us. God can be rough on those we don't like, but must be compassionate to us. Yet Christmas Day reveals a vulnerable God, a helpless God, a baby God. It shows a God who needs parents and friends, who needs protection and care. What an extraordinary idea! ...

December 24, 2011 – Christmas EveIn our mind’s eye, we imagine the holy family in the stable, the mother tired, but radiant; the breath of the animals visible in the cold night air. We hear the lowing of the cattle and the rustle of straw. But most of all, we gaze in wonder at the baby, this long-expected child. What would we say if we were there? ...

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December 18, 2011 – Fourth Sunday of AdventMary sings the Good News of the Incarnation to break into our Advent anticipation with a description of the coming Reign of God. In the angel Gabriel’s visit to lowly Mary, and then in Mary’s beautiful hymn of praise, the Magnificat, we begin to hear what Kingdom of God is like; it is a world turned upside down. ...

December 11, 2011 – Third Sunday of AdventThere’s reason to believe that those priests and Levites sent from Jerusalem fail to get it. For all their fussing about John, they seem to miss his message. Standing outside on the sidewalk, chilled by the damp winter air, they don’t have sense enough to let this doorman usher them inside to the banquet that awaits them, an unforgettable feast. ...

December 4, 2011 – Second Sunday of AdventBoth Phil and Sarah felt a bit like John the Baptist, described in today’s gospel, after the text of Isaiah, as "the voice of one crying out in the wilderness"; as one to whom many flocked, but whose message went, if not unheard, unheeded. At times like this, it might be well to recall that we are to repent from believing we are in control. ...

November 27, 2011 – First Sunday of AdventThe story of Advent is not a story of a God waiting to see if we human beings will finally figure it out and find God. The story of Advent is that God comes to us, and better yet, that God has already found us. We may feel like we are always looking for something or someone, but the Good News of Advent is that God has already come to us, is coming to us, and will keep coming to us. ...

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