Posts from December 2016

Posts from December 2016

“TURN OUR HEARTS, O LORD!”

Calling to mind the prophecy of Malachi, the angel Gabriel tells old Zechariah that his son, John the Baptist, “will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous.”  Where this does not happen, said the prophet Malachi, then there is nothing left but a curse upon those unprepared for the coming of Christ.   So just…

THE OFFENSE OF THE GOSPEL

One of our most familiar and time-honored Advent hymns is the hauntingly beautiful Oh, Come, Oh, Come, Emmauel.   It is an old Latin hymn that goes back to the 1100’s, some say even before A.D. 800.  It speaks of ancient Israel longing for the coming of Christ, the Messiah, to set them free from the real bondage of sin, death and hell. It speaks to all those whom Paul…

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…