#01 My Utmost: Let Us Keep To The Point

“I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.” – Philippians 1:20, New International Version “For I live in eager expectation and hope that I will never do […]

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#8 Christmas 2013: The Widening Circle of Care, Justice and Hope

Readings: Luke 2: 1-20; Matthew 2: 1-12 When I read the two, almost mutually exclusive accounts of Christmas Eve and day, in Luke 2 and Matthew 2, it seems to me I see a widening circle of care, justice and hope. It is interesting to me that for millennia, we have combined the two accounts in our […]

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#7 Christmas 2013: Hope in Full Circle

“Un caminar de rio que se curva, avanza, retrocede, da un rodeo y llega siempre.”—A course of a river that turns, moves on, doubles back and comes full circle, forever arriving.(Octavio Paz) This is my second Christmas as a full-time church worker and full-time student. So one would presume that I have template “hope amidst […]

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#6 Christmas 2013: The Gift of Jesus’ Humanity and Vulnerability

Most of us grew up with Christmas celebrations filled with abundance and merriment: glittering Christmas decor; feasting and reunions on the eve and on Christmas day; lavish gifts which may even surpass our wish-lists; a liturgical mass made more touching and joyful by children dressed as Mary and Joseph, shepherds and wise men, and even […]

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#5 Christmas 2013: Escape to Egypt

Matthew 2:13-14 narrates, “When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” So he got up, took […]

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