As we prepare for the 4th week of Advent, we prepare for the birth of Christ, especially since it lands on Christmas Eve. With that in mind, what is the greatest gift you ever received? What is the greatest gift you’ve ever given? We discuss ours as well as the greatest gift the world has ever received, the gift of Jesus Christ.
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The Gospel this time of year recounts the most amazing leap of faith in history. Mary says “yes” to God. Last Thursday’s Gospel reading recounted when Mary went to see her cousin Elizabeth after the angel Gabriel told Mary about God’s plan for her. After hearing or reading this many since I was little it finally dawned on me this week that Elizabeth knew the truth. Before hearing more than a greeting, she understood who came through the door that day – carried in her cousin’s womb. How could she know?
In 1926, Dr. James Allan penned “One Solitary Life,” a short story – a poem of sorts – which describes the life of a seemingly ordinary man who didn’t do anything that we would consider fame-worthy. He grew up in an obscure village and entered the carpenter trade, working with his hands until he was 30. Upon his death, he had no possessions and was laid to rest in a borrowed tomb. Yet, “nineteen centuries have come and gone and today Jesus is the central figure of the human race and the leader of mankind’s progress. All the armies that have ever marched, all the navies that have ever sailed, all the parliaments that have ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned put together have not affected the life of mankind on earth as powerfully as that one solitary life.”
The third week of Advent, we are calling it The Living Joy. This week is a time of rejoice, a time of joy. But this time of year it’s easy to confuse happy with joy. We dive into this topic during this podcast, we hope you enjoy.
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Justin and Dan
In the time since David’s crossover piece (read HERE) and my initial post on the Eucharist, I have been approached on a number of occasions by a handful of readers who have expressed interest in knowing more about the dichotomy between the two allowed forms of receiving communion. These conversations have taken several forms: inquiry, suspicion and even concern. In response to these conversations, I feel it is worth examining the document the Church used to grant the allowance of the form of reception we are most accustomed to seeing—reception in the hand. The document itself is only four pages long plus a citations page. The document in its entirety can be read HERE. For the time-conscious, I wish to offer the abridged version and highlights. My hope is that you find this post persuasive for Church tradition, and if nothing else, informative of what is still a current event in Church history relatively speaking.
As the Holy Family is making their journey to Bethlehem, we reflect on our own journey. Are we standing still, stuck in the sand doing the same things over and over all the while bearing no fruit? What does our journey look like, what should it look like and (most importantly), what will it look like?