Waiting On God

Feast of the Epiphany

On Christmas, we heard the story of the birth of Jesus according to Luke. Bethlehem, we are told, was crowded at the time, like Bar Harbor in the summer. The visitors weren’t tourists (as we understand the term) but people who were descendants of David, there to register for the census. We can imagine the locals complaining about the folks “from away” (even as they appreciate the business), while the visitors may be complaining among themselves about the quality of their rooms or the meals or the service.  Continue reading “Waiting On God”

Naming and Filing

January 2, 2017: John 1:19-28

Today’s Gospel reading begins with John (the Evangelist) telling us that he is about to give us the testimony of John (the Baptist) as to who Jesus is. John the Baptist, as the story begins, is in the midst of his ministry by the Jordan River. Even though this remote region was not easy to get to, people come to John every day to hear him and be baptized. Something about John rings true to them. Continue reading “Naming and Filing”

Breaking Trail

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

“And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.”  Luke 2:19

“You can ask about it, but nobody knows the way; no breadcrumb trail to follow through your days… It’s a matter of getting deeper in, any way you can.” All This Beauty by the Weepies

If you’ve done much snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, you know that the most challenging thing you can do is break trail – that is, to go where no one else has yet gone and make your own trail in the snow. It requires a lot of energy, and you will tire quickly if you don’t pace yourself. Once trail is broken, it’s much easier to go back the way you came, or to use the trail you just made the next day. Breaking trail, however, is serious work.   Continue reading “Breaking Trail”

Insecurity and Inhumanity

Feast of the Holy Innocents

“Then a new king, who knew nothing of Joseph, came to power in Egypt.”  –  Exodus 1:8

The gospel passage for today’s Mass looks backward to a previous brutal act by a ruler. It also looks forward as it unmasks for us why human beings can do acts of violence like this one. Thus, it remains an important witness and challenge for every generation, including our own.

Let us begin with that previous brutal act.  Continue reading “Insecurity and Inhumanity”

What Was From The Beginning

Feast of Saint John the Evangelist

When I was two years old, I began to read without being taught – or so I was told. I don’t remember a time in my life when I could not read, so this is likely true. Soon, I was able to find TV shows in TV Guide. Then, while in the family car, I was naming other cars I could see: Ford, Plymouth, Volkswagen, Studebaker. (Yes, Virginia, Studebakers still prowled the earth when I was a toddler; it wasn’t the car itself so much but the name ‘Studebaker’ that fascinated me for some reason.)  Continue reading “What Was From The Beginning”