Posts in Advent 2018
Advent: Peace

What might it mean for us to be recipients of peace as this year draws to a close? The Advent season, as much as we have turned it into a frantic time, is at its heart a season to pause and to be reminded that we can be recipients of peace. This story of Jesus says to us that we do not have to scramble to be seen, to be noticed, to find our affirmation or to find our place in the story. Instead, we are offered peace. 

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Advent: Affirmation

Jesus encounters someone who has had their humanity damaged by the actions and judgements of others, and affirms and restores her. He opposes the social and moral judgements being made by others in the room, sees her and offers her peace. A man, born in shame and danger to an unwed mother, now encounters a woman who is also ostracised, pushed to the edges, shunned, labelled, judged, and offers her peace and affirmation. And offers her the hero’s role in a story that would be retold for thousands of years.

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Advent: Incarnation

Advent ushers in the beginning of the Church Liturgical calendar year. The long season of Ordinary time comes to an end and we move into a place of hopeful anticipation, immersing ourselves in the Christmas Story, the birth narrative of Jesus as well as all of the extras that come with this busy season that vie for our attention and our wallets. It’s a season of gift giving, a time to celebrate the birth of the greatest gift given to mankind, God, who became flesh and lived like one of us.

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