Rejoice in the Lord always

Philippians 4:4-7 (Isaiah 12:2-6, Luke 3:7-18)

Gaudete Sunday, that bright spot in the somewhat penitential season of Advent, is here! Marked by the joyful color of pink (in churches where the third candle and chasuble change for the day), this is a day of rejoicing:

Gaudete in Domino semper/Rejoice in the Lord always (Phil 4:4) Read more…

A New Meaning


A voice cries out: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken” (Isaiah 40:3-5.)

In this text, Isaiah tells the exiled people of God not to lose hope. Though they are in the “wilderness” of exile in Babylon, God is their comfort. Their exile will be over soon, and a new exodus will begin; and again, God will lead them home. Read more…

Who, and what, are coming?

Luke 21:25-36 (Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10)

So, here we are at the beginning of a season leading up to Christmas, and the coming of the Christ Child. The word advent comes from the Latin ad-venire, which means “to come to.” But, the season begins with a very particular “coming” – not the incarnation (God coming to us in human flesh in the baby Jesus); and not the coming of Jesus into our hearts of which Bernard of Clairvaux (d.1153) wrote. This coming is the Second Coming, at the “end” – a coming that is theologically described as the Parousia (Parousia is the Greek translation of advent). Read more…