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I love the changing of the seasons of nature, and I love living in a part of the country where all four seasons are fully manifested.  In other words, our Fall is very Fall-ish, our Winter is very Winter-ish, our Spring is very Spring-ish, and our Summer is very Summer-ish. (more…)

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jesusbaptism-7614581We have five Sundays in January for this Year of our Lord 2017, and after Epiphany (always January 6th) we observe the annual commemoration called Baptism of Our Lord Sunday that falls this year on Sunday January 8th.  Although Jesus did not need baptism, because he was and is without sin, he nevertheless received baptism in order to properly fulfill all possible requirements of righteousness and religious faith.  And as I contemplate the baptism of Jesus, I am led by the Spirit to contemplate the sacredness of water and our own baptismal covenant in, with and through Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. (more…)

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1One of the best spiritual internet memes I’ve seen for Ash Wednesday and Lent says the following: “We are all equal. We came here by birth and will leave in death.”

The Church Season of Lent starts on Ash Wednesday when we hear again the words “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” And the day we call Ash Wednesday is an annual reminder of our mortality in order to encourage us to turn toward God in penitential reflection and prayerful dedication.   In addition, this special day begins our annual Lenten journey of spiritual devotion in preparation for the coming of Holy Week and Easter Sunday, totaling forty days and six Sundays of Lent (46 days from Ash Wednesday).  And of course, the seventh Sunday following Ash Wednesday is Easter Sunday, the Sunday celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. (more…)

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Israel of God 1After our Lenten journey of penitential contemplation and intensified spiritual devotion, we come to the pinnacle of the Church Year known as Holy Week. It is the time of year we focus on the events of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, his last supper, his torture, his crucifixion, his sacrificial death, and his glorious resurrection. And, as I reflect on the sacred events of Holy Week, I also find myself drawn to the following words of the Apostle Paul from the Book of Galatians: (more…)

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lent-cross-purple-370x263The Season of Lent is an annual time of intensified reflection and repentance. It is a time to recognize our poverty of spirit and seek the riches of God’s grace through more dedicated devotional reading, prayer and contemplation. (more…)

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Advent-Wreath-first-candle-Advent-Sunday“Rejubilation” is a word that I made up to describe what the Advent Season and Christmastime are all about. The four weeks of Advent before Christmas and the twelve days of Christmastime are all about rejuvenating our Christian joy each year. So, we can use the word “rejubilation” to best describe the annual rejuvenation of the joy of Christ within us. (more…)

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shepherd-jesusThere are two ways of living: one is the way of resisting God, and the other is the way of surrender to God.  Resistance brings tension, restlessness, worry and anxiety.  But yielding to God’s guidance in our lives brings freedom, inner peace and joy. (more…)

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