Archive for December, 2010

I have a proposal that I think would really revolutionize the Christmas season.  We all know how commercialized Christmas has become and we all complain about it.  So here’s my idea.  We replace all the mall Santas with men dressed up like John the Baptist.  In place of the red coat and hat, you’d have him dressed in a camel’s hair coat.  Instead of having children sit on his lap with Christmas wishes, we’d give each man a script where he would yell and scream calling people to repentance and announcing the kingdom of God is near.  You could have your picture taken with him too, if you dared to get that close to him.  And instead of hot chocolate and gingerbread we’d serve locusts and honey.  And for those who might be moved by his message of repentance, we could hand out church brochures. (more…)

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“The night is nearly over; the day is almost here.”

With this sentence from our Second Reading for today, we have the Advent Gospel in a nutshell.  This is the good news we receive today.  The night is nearly over; the day is almost here.

Our church year begins on this First Sunday of Advent with an urgent message for all to hear.  It wakes us up and points us to the light of a new day!   A day that is not far away, but just around the corner – perhaps even today.  (more…)

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For most Americans regardless of their faith, thanksgiving is about counting our blessings.   This is a activity that at any time of year can change our perspective on things and make us feel very good.  Bing Crosby sang a beautiful song by Irving Berlin in the movie, White Christmas which says, “If you’re worried and you can’t sleep just count your blessings instead of sheep.” (more…)

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