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Daily Meditations: November

Christmas Advent: The Sixteenth Day »

November 30th, 2012    Posted in Daily Meditations

THE PROPHET MALACHI, chosen in church tradition to conclude the Hebrew Scriptures, has for us both a blessing and a warning. Yes, the Lord we seek will come, suddenly, to his temple. “The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears?” This passage is echoed in […]

Christmas Advent: The Fifteenth Day »

November 29th, 2012    Posted in Daily Meditations

AN INDELIBLE IMAGE: two pregnant women, one of them just beginning to show, the other round and heavy, who is startled when her infant leaps in her womb. It’s a joyful scene, both everyday and extraordinary. For Elizabeth’s child, we are told, recognizes that Mary bears the Savior long promised to Israel. Mary is, as Elizabeth suddenly exclaims—no doubt after being kicked hard by John—the mother of the Lord. It […]

Christmas Advent: The Fourteenth Day »

November 28th, 2012    Posted in Daily Meditations

TODAY WE REFLECT ON A MYSTERY: when our lives are most barren, when possibilities are cruelly limited, and despair takes hold, when we feel most keenly the emptiness of life—it is then that God comes close to us. This is a day for those who are  grieving or suffering loss during Advent, lamenting that just as we are suffering, and need to weep, the world force-feeds us merriment and cheer. […]

Christmas Advent: The Thirteenth Day »

November 27th, 2012    Posted in Daily Meditations

THE GENEALOGICAL LINE OF JUDAH’S DESCENDANTS given in Matthew’s Gospel follows the history of the nation all the way from its father, Abraham, to the birth of Jesus, the fulfillment of all messianic prophecy, the One “who is called Christ.” This grand finale is what we celebrate in the weeks of Advent. The planting of the male “seed,” which was to germinate and ripen in the furrows of successive generations, […]

Christmas Advent: The Twelfth Day »

November 26th, 2012    Posted in Daily Meditations

FOR ALL OF RECORDED HISTORY there seem to have been people who didn’t quite fit, either because of poverty, or disability, or nationality, or age—those so beaten down by abuse, or struggle, or scorn that they seem paralyzed, without the will to change or be changed. We have come to think of them as outsiders—the hopeless homeless, the alcoholics, the aged, the single mothers, the chronically ill or crippled, whole […]