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First Week of Advent – Dec 3rd

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.” — Luke 1:46–48 RISE Beckoning empty skies, a light comes breaking through burning ever so powerful.  Painted star of early morn; its glow will find us peace. From the…

Easter Sunday-When Words Fall Short

When Words Fall Short READ JOHN 20:1-18 Together as a Christian community, we have come to the end of our solemn preparations for Easter, much like Mary’s sorrow ended when she saw Jesus by the empty tomb. Perhaps one thing we’ve noticed this season, especially if we’ve been reading these Words Matter reflections, is how…

Palm Sunday-Historical and Cultural Contexts of Words

Historical and Cultural Contexts of Words READ MATTHEW 21:1-11 Matthew, like all the evangelists, has a particular audience in mind as he writes his Gospel. It is generally agreed that Matthew is writing to the Jewish-Christian audience, some of the first Jews to recognize Jesus as the Messiah. His readers, then, would have been familiar…

4th Sunday in Lent-Darkness and Light

Darkness and Light READ EPHESIANS 5:8-14 In this pericope, Paul is stating that Christians have to undergo a dramatic transformation of the self by moving from darkness (sin) into light (salvation). Light and dark imagery connotes divergent meanings associated with the two words. In other words, darkness is seen as the antithesis of light, with…

2nd Sunday in Lent-Words of the Law and Words Set Free

Words of the Law and Words Set Free READ ISAIAH 4:1-5, 13-17 My God-daughter took the ACT college prep test this past weekend, and her prompt question for the essay was: “Should students have to follow school rules when they are not on school property?” When asked what she wrote she replied, “The first thing…