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Sacred Space – Advent 3

The pregnancy of Mary is connected to the promise of justice and joy in the readings this week. Mary’s womb becomes a sacred space for the gestation of grace that moves into, and is transforming, the world. We will ponder the spaces we inhabit at home, work, and community, asking whether they are feeding, nurturing, and reflecting the freedom and joy that is so desperately needed.

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Sacred Time – Advent 2

The themes of Advent are the same year after year. The first week there will be a reference to waiting – anticipating, the next to John the Baptist, the third to Mary’s response to God’s plan and finally, the response of Joseph to the situation! Any of these might be suspended by the long-anticipated Sunday School pageant or the Cantata by the choir!

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Sacred Time

What is time? According to Einstein, Time is the 4th dimension. To describe anything you need a location in space [length, width, height] or [latitude, longitude and altitude] and in time. With these 4 pieces of information we can identify an “Event.” Jesus was born [became incarnate: i.e. human] in Bethlehem when a star appeared in the sky …. An event! We are a little unsure about the date but the Magi understood they had to get moving if they were to be part of the Christ “event”.

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Standing at the Edge

A tourist came too close to the edge of the Grand Canyon, lost his footing and plunged over the side, clawing and scratching to save himself. After he went out of sight and just before he fell into space, he encountered a scrubby bush which he desperately grabbed with both hands. Filled with terror, he called out toward heaven, “Is there anyone up there?”

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We will never forget

Why do you suppose the Samaritan came back to thank Jesus? After all, Jesus hadn’t made a formal thank you part of the bargain. He simply told them to go and show themselves to the priests. The Samaritan’s nine partners, obviously, felt no need to return. Why the Samaritan?

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Hot-wired for Faith

I once asked a great coach how he decided which weapon a student should fence. He replied, “On the first day, I tell him ‘keep me from hitting you with my straight arm’ and I extend my arm at them.” He then explained what the three types of students do. The first takes a step back out of range of the coach’s hand, he shall be a sabreur. The second slaps the coach’s hand out of the way before the coach can hit him, he shall be an epee fencer. The third lets the coach hit him and immediately turns to any bystanders and insists that the coach’s arm was bent. He shall be a foilist.

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A Dollar Short and a Day Late

How many people are familiar with the saying… It means that one is ill prepared for the task at hand. And we cannot afford to be ill prepared. The teacher expects we will come to class ready to learn… and God expects that we will come to the Kingdom well prepared as well. The beginning of preparation is listening to Jesus’ teachings…

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Schizophrenia

I am not in any way discussing the medical use of the term schizophrenia…. Rather I am working from the gospel for today to affirm that human beings are often afflicted by an attempt to live simultaneously in two competing worlds and inevitably fail.

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