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Let it be!

Recapping the argument Advent frames three human experiences: expectation, preparation, and waiting. Expectation is tricky. How much expectation can we allow or even tolerate? Preparation is more comfortable, being busy is a wonderful distraction for anxious people. Most of us … Continue reading

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Dreaming Good News is Hoping and Loving in the Waiting

Measuring time The birth of Christ is for us, the pivotal point of history. Western Civilization calibrates time according to whether events happen before or after the birth of Christ. The centuries before Christ count forward or actually backward as it were, … Continue reading

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We are who we have been waiting for (Alice Miller)

For me, the hardest experience of all is that of waiting. Increasingly, waiting forms my understanding of Advent. In as much as Advent is a time for preparation, the is to tolerate the waiting. It is important how we wait. In what state – fearfully, with complacency, or hopefully, do we wait? Continue reading

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Advent; The Most Challenging Season Of All

Ambivalences of Time How do we live, preparing for the future? A more problematic question is how do we live while waiting in the face of the unknown? For many of us our lives are lived in anticipation of the … Continue reading

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Kingship or Kingdom

Kingly ways November 23rd is the 24th Sunday after Pentecost and for this year it is the last Sunday before the beginning of a New Christian Year, which we herald next week on Advent Sunday. In 1994 with the publication … Continue reading

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An Adequate Return?

Historical anthropologists tell us that the parable of the talents had a very different set of nuances at the time of Jesus than it has for us today. In the Mediterranean world of antiquity the economic pie was pretty much … Continue reading

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The Plight of Virgins

Be prepared! I remember from my days as a Queen’s Scout that our primary motto was: be prepared! A preoccupation with being prepared, being ready for whatever life might throw is a necessary prerequisite for the autonomous, self-sufficient person in our … Continue reading

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