Living in strange times

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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Nov. 15, 2015
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Unexpected Light in darkness

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The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas): Dec. 25, 2013
Mass during the Night

Isa 9:1-6; Ps 96; Tit 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14

When I first arrived at St. Martin’s, back in January, sometimes I would be standing outside in the parking lot, or somewhere else on the property, after dark, talking with someone. And I would notice that, from time to time, a flash of light would light up everything for just a moment, and then it would go dark again. The effect was just like a flash of lightning—except that there was no storm. What was it? Eventually I realized: it was the speed camera!

How fascinating and entertaining that speed camera is, as it takes photos of any cars that pass us going south too fast above the 30 mph speed limit!

But isn’t that just what light can do in darkness? (more…)

Surprised by joy

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4th Sunday of Advent, Year C: Dec. 23, 2012
Micah 5:1-4; Ps 80; Heb 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45

Elizabeth and her husband Zechariah had had a long, gray life, filled with a certain sadness. They were good people—sincere and faithful—among the People of Israel, living out lives characterized by faith and treating others decently and fairly. St. Luke tells us that “both were righteous in the eyes of God, observing all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly.” (1:6)

But they had never been able to have children. Year after year they had tried, before there was medical science that could discover and heal the problem in Zechariah’s body or Elizabeth’s body. Year after year they had prayed, in a culture that emphasized having children much more than ours does. (more…)