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Last Day of Advent

The Last Day of Advent.

May the sun of righteousness rise for you, with healing in its wings!

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Advent Day 25

The 25th Day of Advent.

Return to me and I will return to you.

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Advent Day 24

The 24th Day of Advent.

Have we not all one father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we faithless to one another?

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Advent Day 23

The 23rd Day of Advent.

Careful. Will the Lord find pleasure in us?

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Fourth Advent

Isaiah 7:10-16

Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, saying, Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven. But Ahaz said, I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test. Then Isaiah said: ‘Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. He shall eat curds and honey by the time he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good. For before the child knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land before whose two kings you are in dread will be deserted.

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Advent Day 21

The 21st Day of Advent.

Rejoice and exult!

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Advent Day 20

The 20th Day of Advent.

On that day you shall not be put to shame.

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Advent Day 19

The 19th Day of Advent.

Be silent before the Lord God!

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Advent Day 18

The 18th Day of Advent.

Beware the envoys from Babylon!

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Advent Day 17

The 17th Day of Advent.

Does God intervene in human lives? Does he answer prayer?
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Advent Day 16

The 16th Day of Advent / John of the Cross, Poet, Teacher of the Faith, 1591.

The four last things: Death, Judgement, Heaven, Hell. But first, death.

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Third Sunday of Advent: Gaudete Sunday

“Ours is not a joy born of having many possessions, but of having encountered a Person: Jesus, in our midst.” —Pope Francis

“Rejoice in the power you have within you from Christ to be a nucleus of love, forgiveness, and compassion.” —Chieko N. Okazaki

Gaudete002-1015x1024The third Sunday of Advent is a day of joy and celebration, gaudete being Latin for “rejoice.” On this Sunday, the typical penitence that accompanies Advent observation gives way to allow for exultant gladness and hope in resurrection and redemption; it is a day of elation and jubilation.  [Read more…]

Advent Day 14

The 14th Day of Advent.

Let us travel the Holy Way.

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Advent Day 13

The 13th Day of Advent.

Could Lebanon really wither away?

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Advent: Old Testament bonus material

There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?

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Advent Day 12

The 12th Day of Advent.

What is righteousness but the ordering of society so that fairness and equity prevail?

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Advent Day 11

The 11th Day of Advent.

Repent and return.

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Advent Day 10

The 10th Day of Advent / The Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

See, the name of the Lord comes from far away.

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Advent Day 9

The 9th Day of Advent / The Feast of Ambrose, 397.

The Lord waits to be gracious to you.

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Second Sunday of Advent

Detail of Saint Paul Preaching to the Women of Philippi, from a tapestry set of the Life of Saint Paul. Designed by Pieter Coecke van Aelst (Netherlands, 1502–1550), ca. 1529–30. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (KK T III/1) (source: http://tinyurl.com/p8jmegt)

Detail of Saint Paul Preaching to the Women of Philippi, from a tapestry set of the Life of Saint Paul. Designed by Pieter Coecke van Aelst (Netherlands, 1502–1550), ca. 1529–30. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (KK T III/1) (source: http://tinyurl.com/p8jmegt)

We haven’t been left alone in this fallen world. In his grace and mercy, God has sent us true messengers to communicate his love and righteousness to us, his mortal children. Their job is to lead and guide us, walk beside us, as we encounter the brute reality of the natural world.

On Second Advent we contemplate those who prepare the way of the Lord as his messengers. John the Baptist is the model. His was a consecrated life, preaching nothing but faith in the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, and repentance for our sins, so that through Christ’s grace we might experience his righteousness, both externally as our tutor in this mortal test and internally as we learn to align our thoughts and actions with that moral compass within that corresponds, through the light of Christ, with God’s righteousness. [Read more…]

Advent Day 7

The 7th Day of Advent.

Deliver us from systemic evil.

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Advent Day 6

The Sixth Day of Advent 

I will again do amazing things with this people, shocking and amazing!

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Advent Day 5

The Fifth Day of Advent 

Hear the word of the Lord, you scoffers!

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Advent Day 4

The Fourth Day of Advent 

Beware the fading flowers of past beauties!

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Advent Day 3

The Third Day of Advent 

What songs of justice might we sing this Advent?


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Advent Day 2

The Second Day of Advent / The Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle

Are we, like Andrew–who was often in his brother’s shadow–to become alive in the death of the ego?


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First Advent (Mormon Lectionary Project Year 3)

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Today, the First Sunday of Advent begins a new liturgical year, the third for the Mormon Lectionary Project. I promise that some devotional content will follow, but in true Mormon fashion, there’s business to attend to first. [Read more…]

The Mormon Lectionary Project: Fourth Advent

Mormon Lectionary Project: Fourth Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 7:10-16Romans 1:1-7Matthew 1:18-25Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18, 1 Nephi 11:16-22

The Collect: Heavenly Father, purify us through the Spirit, that thy Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; and if not a mansion, then a manger, for there is room for him with us.

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Third Advent: Joy

Isaiah’s phrase—“Strengthen the weak hands, / and make firm the feeble knees”—has become, in LDS parlance, a key expression of our obligation to serve others. In the context of Advent, the most striking aspect of Isaiah 35:1-10 is the repetition of “shall,” which directs our expectation toward the Messianic Age, when “The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, / the desert shall rejoice and blossom.” As Latter-day Saints these verses often turn our minds back to the pioneers’ cultivation of the Salt Lake valley, but Advent reminds us that something of this prophecy remains unfulfilled, calling us to rejoice now in anticipation of the rejoicing then.

Indeed, today’s readings use unfulfilled prophecy precisely to keep us in joyful expectation. The psalm tells us that the Lord “gives justice to those who are oppressed, / and food to those who hunger,” that he “cares for the stranger” and “sustains the orphan and widow.” Certainly the Lord does these things, but the work is just as certainly not complete. We must yet look forward to the time when we might with finality echo the Canticle, replacing Isaiah’s future tense with the past: “He has filled the hungry with good things.” Our memories shadow forth the taste of divine nourishments past, stoking our present hunger for the banquet to come. [Read more…]

First Advent: Hope

Today, with the start of Advent, we begin a new liturgical year—a new cycle of sacred time that anticipates by a month the beginning of a new secular year. During Advent we prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birth while also stirring up our longings for the time when he will come again. Along with the traditional identification of this Sunday with hope, this double expectation makes Advent a good time for new beginnings. Unlike the secular new year, Advent gives our resolutions a clear focus: Christ. Because he came once, he can come again—and, more importantly, he can be with us now. [Read more…]