Posts from December 2015

Posts from December 2015

A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE WISE MEN

Isaiah foretold it.  “Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.” The first example of this, as we edge toward the Epiphany season, is found not in the Gospel of Luke which we are currently studying.  It is rather in the Gospel of Matthew that we learn about the Wise Men. The Wise Men, or Magi, arrive in Jerusalem asking:  “Where is He that…

REPENTANCE – THE REAL PREPARATION

Whether some folks call it Advent or not, the weeks before Christmas are a season of preparation.  Relatives may be coming and going.  Fancy meals and special treats are prepared.  Traffic and crowds at the mall challenge our patience.  Everyone is preparing, getting ready. Christians know that the real preparation for the coming of Christ, whether looking back in…

THE REAL ANTI-SEMITISM

Ever since the horrors of the Holocaust during World War II, the world has been given to see how ugly hatred can become.  Hitler and his henchmen targeted the Jews for extermination in places that reek of blood, tears and torture.  Names such as Auschwitz, Dachau and Buchenwald make us shudder.  This attempted genocide of an entire race or ethnic group – the Jews – was…

PARADISE LOST…PARADISE REGAINED

Long ago two partners in crime sat in the bushes.  They had a different look in their eyes that day.  Nervously, their trembling fingers sewed fig leaves together to cover their bodies.  Now they were filled with shame – something they had never felt before.  They had no peace, no joy, no hope.  It was a case of paradise lost. Every son of Adam and every daughter of Eve…