Reflections

Reflections

Reflections


Showing items for 'December 2016'

Vigil of the Nativity of the Lord (Dec. 24, 2016)

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Merry Christmas, children! Yes, this is a Christmas podcast for children, so today I’m talking to you. The grown-ups can listen if they want to. Now, what is the first thing that children think of at Christmas? Probably presents -- both giving presents and getting them -- because when it...

Fourth Sunday of Advent, Cycle A (Dec. 18, 2016)

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In the family tree that immediately precedes today’s reading from Matthew’s Gospel, David and Bathsheba are listed among the ancestors of Jesus Christ. The story of King David’s seduction of Bathsheba is among the most famous in the Old Testament. David sees Bathsheba bathing...

Third Sunday of Advent, Cycle A (Dec. 11, 2016)

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I used to volunteer at a homeless shelter that had been run for many years by an Evangelical Protestant church. Every evening, the residents of the shelter attended a prayer service before dinner. I was part of a group of Catholics who came in once a month to lead the prayer service. Our version...

Second Sunday of Advent, Cycle A (Dec. 4, 2016)

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I was once on the staff of an undergraduate men’s residence hall at another university. It was rewarding work, but there were some aspects of the job I didn’t enjoy. For one thing, the late hours the students kept took some getting used to. But by far the most unpleasant aspect of...