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First Sunday after Christmas 2010

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John 1:1-18 I’m drawn to a version of this first chapter of John’s Gospel, known as John’s Prologue, found in the contemporary translation of the Bible, The Message. It reads, “The Word was made flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, […]

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Christmas Eve 2010

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Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) The Emperor Augustus was praised as the great king of peace.  He had, after all, implemented the Pax Romana and brought an end to the discord among the various tribes and peoples inhabiting the Roman Empire. Peace prevailed, but at a very heavy price. The Roman legions, with their well trained and […]

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Fourth Sunday in Advent 2010

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Matthew 1:18-25 I’ll admit that there are quite a few parts of this story that are a little difficult for children of modernity – post-renaissance, educated, rational people to accept: Mary’s conception by the Holy Spirit, an appearance by an angel of the Lord to Joseph, the message that this yet unborn child would save […]

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Third Sunday in Advent 2010

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Matthew 11:2-11 As the gospel reading opens we find John the Baptist impatiently waiting in prison.  Earlier in Matthew we read of Jesus’ baptism by John in the River Jordan where a voice from heaven was heard saying, “This is my son the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” And just last week we […]

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Second Sunday in Advent 2010

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Matthew 3:1-12 I was sorry that Gary couldn’t be here today, because I was looking forward to our faithful deacon’s reading of the gospel – winnowing fork in hand, ready to separate the wheat from the chaff, echoing the words of John the Baptist, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the […]