Our Lent has begun! On the journey, I pray that we may know the company of Jesus, and enter with courage the wilderness before us. May our time testing among the wild beasts teach us our true identity as precious children of God. Then, when the angels in all their sweet and secret guises whisper the name “beloved” into our ears, may we listen and believe. … More The Wilderness of Our Identity
May we find spaces in which we can be brave enough to tell our stories in the light. And to proclaim from the rooftops that all of our hope is in the love of God—redeeming and reconciling love. Love powerful enough to cast out fear. Love radical enough to reorder our world. And God entrusts all of this to you and me and something as fragile as a story. Amen. … More To Tell Our Stories
In the Magnificat, Mary reveals the birth of the Messiah is the sign of what God’s kingdom looks like. The Incarnation is the foreshadowing of the age to come.
In the incarnation, God became flesh! But God did not become flesh as Caesar or Pharaoh; but, rather, God became flesh in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, son of a peasant woman in an occupied land. If this could happen then the mighty were as good as cast down from their thrones and the hungry were as good as fed. Yes, these were as good as accomplished because in becoming flesh God is in fact breaking the age to come into our world. Mary goes on to sing that this is not some new thing God is doing, but it is in fulfillment of all that God has promised Israel. The God of Israel is now acting in human history in such a way that it will not just break the kingdom of God into this age for the Jews, but for all humanity. … More Casting Down the Mighty
Today we are invited to the wilderness in order to find our way home, to find our place in the world. There is no way around the wilderness. The wilderness is the place where Israel found and we will find our place with God. … More John the Baptist and a Displaced People
Advent is a time of waiting for the world to change and of anticipating the life-altering transformation that comes with the birth of a child that will be lived out in each of us. Advent invites me to labor in ways that I might not feel ready for and to trek into places that might make me uncomfortable. Advent draws me into the presence of God as God reveals God’s self, and as God leads me into new curiosity and truth-telling. … More #AdventWord
The traditions that shape this season are likely to be different this year. But maybe we can use the change to enter into a present-tense Advent. As Advent invites us to keep watch for God, we are invited this year to look for Christ in unexpected places with hope-filled eyes. … More A Present Tense Advent: Anticipating God in the Here and Now