In Solidarity with Jesus and His Mission

Stations of the Cross @ Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala

  • Water in the Desert

    And so it goes…life on this planet is not possible without water. Same goes for external life. Baptism IS necessary for salvation. Water events, both in scarcity and abundance, require action and an enormous amount of reflection. It’s ironic that water is also reflective by nature and thus demands our attention; much like the human […] Read more

  • Marriage Blessed and Ordained by God Alone

    We find ourselves, as Godly people of faith, enmeshed in another social upheaval regarding marriage.  First, the Bible and church tradition has consistently defined marriage, Holy Matrimony, as between a man and a women. Why? Because man and woman were created for each other.    Societies since the beginning of time have adopted roles for […] Read more

  • Giving (and Receiving) Every Day…Not Just Tuesday

    I write today on Tuesday, November 29, 2022. Designated a ‘Giving Tuesday’ that began a decade ago to raise awareness of the need to enact radical generosity in the hearts and souls of people. This movement has grown to become global in scope, while remaining locally focused. If you are like me, your inbox and […] Read more

  • God’s Provisions for Our Time in the Wilderness

    Reflection on Mark 1:9-15 In this Gospel passage, Mark tells the story of Jesus’ Baptism and immediate departure into the desert wilderness where Jesus will reside and be tempted by Satan. Jesus was led into the wilderness by the very Spirit of God, to a place where death was a very real possibility. He is […] Read more

  • Transforming the Continuum of Care

    Unless you have been living in a cave for the past 10 months…the global pandemic has resulted in inequitable panic, concern, and impulsive reactions among government officials and the ‘health care’ community. The reactions and fear have not been unfounded. Millions worldwide have been impacted and many have died as a direct result of the […] Read more

  • Christ The King

    We don’t often talk of kings much anymore in the US. After all we have been involved with this experiment called a democracy for a couple of centuries. In this form of government, there are no kings and are extensive guards and laws to prevent even our elected folks from acting like a king. So […] Read more

Christmas 2010

Tonight – The Holy Night – people will gather to usher in the newest installment in God’s salvation.  In my neck of the woods, this installment will be wrapped in the usual trappings of the season – tree, lights, presents, worship, and FOOD!  Yet there is a shroud over all these things that are supposed to bring joy and peace.  For the indoor tree is artificial, the lights are dimmer LED, the presents are fewer, the worship is sentimental, and the food is in abundance.  All this is not a reflection on the truth revealed in the day of Christmas – the birth of forever, the birth of freedom from sin and death, the birth which claims the journey of life everlasting – the birth of the King, the Lord, the Prince of Peace.  What is true is that life is real for the poor who use trees to cook their food and heat their huts; the only light is a candle or the sun by day; the only present is a break in the battle; worship is sitting on dirt floors; and the crumbs under the table of the rich (me) is the food.

Christmas is another day for those who have not.  Christmas is a big, extravagant party for those who have.  Christmas for Jesus is the first day of the rest of the life of the world that is saved through him.  Christmas for Jesus is the day before Herod and all the powers that oppose God put up a poster saying… Wanted: Christ…DEAD.  They didn’t even have the decency to say dead or alive.  But God himself as Jesus scoffed at all the threats by delivering the world – even those powers that oppose him – unto himself beginning that day in Bethlehem.  Thanks be to God.

For Christmas 2010…remembering Jesus is recalling the mission – to tell the good news of his birth!  Mary, the Mother of God explains this good news perfectly in The Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55):

I’m bursting with God-news;
I’m dancing the song of my Savior God.
God took one good look at me, and look what happened—
I’m the most fortunate woman on earth!
What God has done for me will never be forgotten,
the God whose very name is holy, set apart from all others.
His mercy flows in wave after wave
on those who are in awe before him.
He bared his arm and showed his strength,
scattered the bluffing braggarts.
He knocked tyrants off their high horses,
pulled victims out of the mud.
The starving poor sat down to a banquet;
the callous rich were left out in the cold.
He embraced his chosen child, Israel;
he remembered and piled on the mercies, piled them high.
It’s exactly what he promised,
beginning with Abraham and right up to now.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!


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