Advent 2019 Christmas

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He Was Coming Into the World – Advent 2019 Christmas Day – From his abundance we have all received “From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.” (1) Do you like gifts? Me?... I must admit that I do. It’s not my main love language, but...
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Advent 2019 Sunday 4

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He Was Coming Into the World – Advent 2019 Sunday 4 – He Made His Home Among Us “So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.” (1) With this verse, the apostle John comes back to the main subject of his prologue: the incarnation. Earlier in his text, he talked about the divine side of the matter: God became human. (See the first post of this series.) Now he talks abo...
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Advent 2019 Sunday 3

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He Was Coming Into the World – Advent 2019 Sunday 3 – But Some Believed Him “But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.” (1) Jesus, the incarnated Creator God, came into the world, but they didn’t recognize him. Jesus, the promised Messiah, came to his own people, but they rejected him. But some did receive him... I think of old Simeo...
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Advent 2019 Sunday 2

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He Was Coming Into the World – Advent 2019 Sunday 2 – His own people rejected him “The true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. […] He came to his own people, and even they rejected him.” (1) To his own people... Does this phrase refer to Jesus’ family? His community? The people of Israel?... Well... his brothers didn’t believe in him. (2) The people of Nazareth, where he grew up, wanted to push him over a cliff because he wasn’t doing as many miracles there as he w...
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Advent 2019 Sunday 1

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He Was Coming Into the World – Advent 2019 Sunday 1 – They Didn’t Recognize Him “The true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him.” (1) Having been reflecting on that passage for a few weeks now, I’ve been trying to reconcile various thoughts that come to mind. It talks about creation, clearly, but also about revelation and incarnation, I think. But how do the pieces fit together?... The World Wa...
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Advent 2019

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Advent 2019 “The expectation of a Messiah, stretched throughout millenia, has found its fulfillment with the birth of Jesus 2000 years ago. As for us, we want to “re-live” – in a way – that expectation, to delight in the gift of God, to marvel again at that extraordinary mystery...” In our western culture, these words from Débora (my colleague on the Francophone side of this website, who writes daily devotionals for the season) sound almost like a radical call. They clash with what we are use...
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Believing Against the Flow

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Liturgical Calendar – Persecuted Church Sunday Believing Against the Flow “[The Lord] said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (1) (Excerpts from a homily template, from Dimanche de l’Église persécutée – Dos...
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I Remember the Canadian Soldiers

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Canadians of the 1st Division arrive in Germany. Although the high command worried about German attacks, there was no armed uprising. These Canadian soldiers reflect the relative safety of their position, as they sit around, smoking, and settle in for a lunch of canned meat. Canadians Arriving On The Rhine. Painting by Inglis Harry Jodrel Sheldon-Williams Beaverbrook Military Art Collection CWM 19710261-0657 Liturgical Calendar – Remembrance Day I Remember… the Canadian Soldiers. This year, a...
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Thanking God Before Meals?

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Liturgical Calendar – Thanksgiving Thanking God Before Meals? Do you pray before meals?... I admit that I don’t always do it. I say grace before I eat with my wife, at home or in a restaurant. I do it when we have guests. But usually I don’t pray when I eat alone at home, nor at work with my colleagues. Not even “in my heart”. Is it a sin?... I didn’t grow up with that habit. My parents, though practicing Catholics, didn’t do it. When I converted, at age 20, people would systematically pray b...
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Fragments of Faith

Liturgical Calendar – National Holidays Fragments of Faith “All our faith is fragmentary, though we do not all have the same fragments of faith.” (1) I have read Richard Niebuhr’s book, Christ and Culture, twice. The author developed its material at the end of the 1940’s. Personally, I have recently discovered it and I think it’s fascinating. It has been defined as a reference point for the whole discussion about the believer’s standpoint as to the society in which he or she lives. (2) The co...
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