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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Advent 2018

Advent 2018 This year, I don't have the time nor the energy to write weekly meditations on Advent. (But if you are looking for a program, I personally enjoy very much the material prepared by The Village Church.) And in the meantime... During Advent 2018, may the Father of Light shine on us all through His Holy Spirit, and may He revive our hope in the return of our Lord Jesus-Christ. Sincerely yours, Eleazar, the Bellicose Monk Previous Post Liturgical Calendar Home Page
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Advent 2017 Christmas

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Advent 2017 Christmas Day – They Contemplated To Contemplate: to view or consider with continued attention; meditate on. (1) I’m a person who contemplates a lot. Waiting and silence don’t bother me at all. I don’t mind sitting in a waiting room. The minute I’m seated my thoughts begin to drift and I get lost in my thoughts as I look around me. If I see a bit of sky out of a window, I am captivated and I begin to drift away. If I have the pleasure of sitting in a park, or—heavenly bliss!—near ...
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Advent 2017 Sunday 4

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Advent 2017 4th Sunday – They Found A waiting. A silence. A road. In a way these are sort of quests. And the quest is over once we’ve found what we’re looking for. A presence. A voice. A destination. Almost all of the participants in the nativity story found joy and wonder in Jesus. Joseph and Mary found the joy of being parents of a newborn baby—after all, who is not happy when their child is born?—and they marvelled at what was said about their baby. (1) Angels burst out in songs of praise ...
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Advent 2017 Sunday 3

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Advent 2017 Sunday 3 – They Set Out Setting out for somewhere marks the beginning of a trip, be it long or short. This trip leads us from where we are to our fixed destination. It is generally the destination that justifies and initiates the trip. We look for the shortest route that will bring us quickly to where we want to go. Yes, sometimes, like in the case of a holiday, the voyage itself is the goal and we’ll take the longer scenic route along the way. However, not all trips are pleasant....
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