If we cannot identify ourselves as wilderness people, we will have a hard time understanding the context of Advent. The advent of Christ is to bring good news to the poor, release captives from slavery to sin and death. If we can’t claim our own wilderness, perhaps we should align ourselves with those in the wilderness.
In this season of Advent, we may want to question if we have put too much attention toward the temporary and seasonal gifts, bows, trees, parties, and lights. But perhaps getting rid of them is not the most faithful way.
Saying the Jesus Prayer is not about your personal relationship with Christ. It’s about your becoming part of the Body of Christ.
This well known parable offers more than we might first realize. Take a fresh read, and see how the master-slave relationship demands us to “Let it Go!”
In a week where hope seemed hard to find, and the prophet bemoans the worship of God’s people, it is God’s “but” that indicates the promise of God’s justice.
Beloved, we are children of God. Let us claim the identity we have been given, and faithfully commit to follow in the footsteps of the saints who have shown us the way to live as God’s beloved.
Christ invites us to change our model of living from an exchange model, based on a mentality of scarcity, to a Eucharistic model, that says as a member of the body of Christ I will give freely as I have gifts and receive freely as I have needs.
Globalism seeks to unify the world in stifling homogeneity for the economic gain of major corporations. Christ seeks to unify the world at the Eucharist to celebrate our great diversity as children of God. One of these is not like the other.
Consumerism is not the rejection of spirituality for materialism. For many people, consumerism is a type of spirituality – if offers purpose, meaning, and identity.
Into a world that keep trying to escape the frailty of the human body, God chooses to send Jesus in the form of the human body. As such an incarnate being, Jesus becomes the model for the church.