Bethlehem

Tenth Day of Christmas Advent, Journey to Bethlehem, Part II »

November 24th, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Father John Parker What shall we offer Thee, O Christ, Who for our sakes hast appeared on earth as man? Every creature made by Thee offers Thee thank. The angels offer a hymn; the heavens a star; the wisemen gifts; the shepherds, their wonder; the earth, its cave; the wilderness, a manger.  And we offer Thee a virgin mother.  O pre-eternal God, have mercy on us! In my last […]

Sixth Day of Christmas Advent, Christmas is Already Easter »

November 20th, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

In Jesus, God achieved the perfect synthesis of the divine and the human. The incarnation of Jesus demonstrates that God meets us where we are as humans. God freely and fully overcomes the gap from God’s side. The problem of redemption is already resolved once and for all, long before its dramatic illustration on the cross. Bethlehem already revealed that it was good to be a human being. For the […]

Fourth Day of Christmas Advent, Journey to Bethlehem, Part I »

November 18th, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Father John Parker About seven hundred years ago Andrei Rublev, or one of his disciples, painted perhaps the most memorable and beautiful icon of the Nativity of Christ. The 14th century icon is warped and cracked, but is in remarkable shape despite its age and history.  It tells us, in earthen pigments bound to the gesso plaster, the story of the birth of Jesus, each facet of the good news surrounding […]

The Thirty-Ninth Day of Christmas Advent: For so has God Loved the World (Part II) »

December 23rd, 2014    Posted in Daily Meditations

But the road from Bethlehem to Zion is long, and is leading us through Gethsemane and Golgotha. Already in Bethlehem the newborn Godchild is presented with funeral offerings by the Wise Men from the East. “Today God leads the Wise Men to worship through the star, prefiguring His three-day burial in gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” The very doors of the Bethlehem cavern are nearly stained with the innocent blood of […]

The Thirty-Eighth Day of Christmas Advent: For so has God Loved the World (Part I) »

December 22nd, 2014    Posted in Daily Meditations

That we begin our reckoning of time with Christ’s birth is a fact which has long been but a mere convention for many. Seldom does one recall and recognize the great event from which we count time. So do we betray our ignorance and insensitivity. In ancient days, time was computed from the Incarnation of God the Word. It signifies that we live in a world which has been renewed […]