Jesus continues to heal, exorcise, and teach, all the while not letting the demons speak to keep his identity a secret. News of Jesus' ministry is spreading, and people in need of his healing touch are flocking to Jesus. As much as Jesus insists that his identity is kept a secret, I cannot help but … [Read more...] about Secrets, Secrets, Secrets
The flow of the Advent season plays out like a movie. We get a hint of the highlights of the Christmas story in Advent 1, where we are invited to stay tuned to what is to come. Through the life and actions of John the Baptist, the scene and life of Jesus Christ is set up, as we are drawn in to remember the meaning of baptism and our own wilderness experience. The suspense heightens in the middle of the Advent season as we witness through the lives of Elizabeth and Mary that nothing is impossible for God. All this builds up to the climax of the Christmas story, where the Christ child is born, but not in a way that we expect. The plot twists and ends on a cliffhanger that invites us to wonder how we are called to participate in the story.
The holiday frenzy is over, and we come to the end of the Christmas story. Today we get a glimpse into the life of Jesus as a child. We are in that in-between time of Christmas and New Years. Christ is born, and we enter into the new year with a change of perspective and focus. The world will never … [Read more...] about The Cliffhanger
Today we come to the climax of this Christmas story, where Christ the child is born. All the familiar characters converge on this one scene to pay honor to the Christ child. It all begins with Mary and Joseph, who are required to take a long trip back to their city of origin so that they can … [Read more...] about The Foggy Fringe
On this Fourth Sunday of Advent, we inch closer to the heart of the Christmas story as Jesus' birth is foretold through the relationship of Elizabeth and Mary. If John the Baptist prepares the way for Jesus, then John's mother, Elizabeth, sets the stage for Jesus' mother, Mary. While there are … [Read more...] about Subjective Space
We are now in the middle of Advent season, but ironically, we are not as close to the heart of the Christmas story. In fact, it may seem that we are nowhere approaching it, since there has been no mention of Jesus thus far. Jesus does not enter into today's Scripture either, at least not overtly. … [Read more...] about John, the Doppelgänger
It is like a favorite movie that we have seen over and over again. We can recite our favorite lines, chuckle in anticipation of an upcoming funny scene, cringe in the knowledge of what is going to happen next, or begin to tear up at those moments that always seem to tug at our heartstrings. If the … [Read more...] about Stay Tuned