Bethlehem

CHRIST IS BORN! CELEBRATING CHRIST’S NATIVITY. »

December 25th, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

As much as any other Christian feast, the significance of Christ’s Nativity comes to expression by means of paradoxical affirmations that speak of the ineffable mystery of the Incarnation by juxtaposing apparent contradictions. The most obvious of these is found in the prologue of St John’s Gospel, which declares that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…” (John 1:14). As the context makes clear that Word or Logos is […]

The Thirty-Seventh Day of Christmas Advent. The Story of Christ’s Birth. »

December 21st, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

The story of Christ’s birth speaks to us about the mysterious ways of God.  The Triune God acts in ways that we do not always expect! His ways are truly wonder-filled. For centuries, the Ancient Israelites had expected the Messiah. The prophets, especially Isaiah and Jeremiah, called the people to readiness and openness to God’s actions. Their message provided the people with indications about the coming Messiah. Yet, when ‘the […]

The Twenty-Sixth Day of Christmas Advent. Miracles Happen. »

December 10th, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

IT IS JUST AS THE PROPHET ISAIAH SAID 700 YEARS before the birth of Jesus: the deaf shall hear and the blind shall see. It will happen “in that day,” said Isaiah. The angels over the fields of Bethlehem announced the coming of that day. That day will continue until the end of time. That day is now. The two blind men were persistent. Like so many who came to […]

The Twenty-First Day of Christmas Advent. The Prince of Peace. »

December 5th, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

WILL IT REALLY HAPPEN? Will it really happen that one day the wolf will lie down with the lamb, and the leopard with the baby goat, and the lion with the calf, and “a little child shall lead them”? Such, says the prophet Isaiah, is the promise of the Peaceable Kingdom. In our unpeaceable world, we long for the fulfillment of the promise. Born into a world of raging conflicts, […]

The Second Day of Christmas Advent. The Meaning of Christmas »

November 16th, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

[My] journey began on Christmas morning, 1988, in Ottawa in a small Anglo-Catholic church called St. Barnabas. It was my first encounter with what my high church friends call “smells and bells.” Throughout that Christmas service a translucent ribbon of incense lingered just above eye level. Its constant presence provided a gentle introduction to the physical elements of the Christmas service that I had not experienced before—the Eucharist, the processions, […]