Bethlehem

Thirty-Second Day of Christmas Advent, Meditation: Where is Bethlehem? »

December 16th, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

Meditation: Where is Bethlehem? Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea. Where is Bethlehem? Did the Son of God come to be born in a tiny hamlet in far-away Palestine? Or was He born there that He might come to be born somewhere far closer? If Christmas is the time that God chose to come close to us, then Bethlehem must be somewhere very close to us. Where is Bethlehem? […]

Thirtieth Day of Christmas Advent, Meditation: You Shall Call His Name Jesus »

December 14th, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

Meditation: You Shall Call His Name Jesus The Gospel of Matthew begins with a long list of Hebrew names that give the family tree of Jesus on the human side. As we read these names some two thousand years of history pass in review. At the end of the list we find the name above every name, the name of Jesus. The procession passes through the centuries and comes to […]

Twenty-Sixth Day of Christmas Advent, Journey to Bethlehem, Part IV »

December 10th, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Father John Parker Our journey to Bethlehem through the images in Andrei Rublev’s Nativity finishes at the center—a center which has two foci: Mary, the Virgin Mother, and the somewhat less obvious (because of His size) newborn Christ (who, biblically speaking, is not “Jesus” until He is named on the 8th day—see Luke 2:21.) Mary—the Theotokos, or God-bearer, as she is known in the Church—is the most noticeable figure […]

Nineteenth Day of Christmas Advent, Meditation: Why Did He Come? (Part V) »

December 3rd, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

Meditation: Why Did He Come? Christmas means that there are two births of Christ: one into the world at Bethlehem; the other into the soul when it is spiritually reborn. Through the Holy Mysteries of Baptism and the Eucharist, Christ is born in the second Bethlehem. i.e., our hearts and minds, our souls and bodies. He that is the pre-eternal God becomes a newborn babe that we might be converted […]

Eighteenth Day of Christmas Advent, Journey to Bethlehem, Part III »

December 2nd, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Father John Parker The Angels are rejoicing and proclaiming the Good News.  The Magi, journeying from afar, bear their gifts foreshadowing the divinity, sovereignty, and humanity of Christ.  The shepherds, the first Jews to believe, explain what they have seen and heard, leading others, too, to wonder! As we make our way, as if in a spiral towards the center of Rublev’s Nativity, we are greeted by a strange […]