Merry Christmas from Good Ground Press

The Ox and the Donkey’s Carol poem by Sister Alice Smith, CSJ ~ art by Gertrude Mueller Nelson The Christ child lay in the ox’s stall The stars shone great and the stars shone small, but one bright star outshone them all. The cattle stood in the cleanly straw, and strange to them was theContinue reading “Merry Christmas from Good Ground Press”

Gospel Reflection for December 23, 2018, 4th Sunday of Advent

Sunday Readings: Micah 5.1-4; Hebrews 10.5-10; Luke 1.39-45 “Blessed is she who trusts God’s words to her will be fulfilled.” – Luke 1.45 The Advent gospels lead us toward Christmas with thoughts of Jesus’ coming in glory and with John the Baptist’s urgent preaching to repent. Those of us who have not yet agreed to let God’sContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 23, 2018, 4th Sunday of Advent”

Christmas Gifts To Nourish Our Souls

We have the answer to at least a few of your gift needs.    Holy Women, Full of Grace Sister Joan’s new book features Jesus’ first women disciples and asks their prayers. The portrait of each woman calls readers into her story and into their own prayer. Both women and men enjoy this book. 32 pages. 1-9 copies, $8.00Continue reading “Christmas Gifts To Nourish Our Souls”

Gospel Reflection for December 25th, Christmas

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 9.1-6; Titus 2.11-14; Luke 2.1-20 “Mary gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” – Luke 2.7 Jesus’ birth story in Luke’s gospel anticipates Jesus’ whole life and emphasizes his mission toContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 25th, Christmas”

Gospel Reflection for December 10, 2017, 2nd Sunday of Advent

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 40.1-5,9-11; 2 Peter 3.8-14; Mark 1.1-8 “One more powerful than I will come after me.” – Matthew 1.7 Advent prepares us o celebrate the incarnation–God becoming one of us. Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us, the one Israel’s prophet Isaiah promised God would send. By loving us as one of us, JesusContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 10, 2017, 2nd Sunday of Advent”

Merry Christmas!

Jesus makes incarnate the heart of God, full of creative and merciful love that never stops calling us into the communions of family and church. We make a gift to you of the creative work of two of our sisters who taught and inspired us. Blessings on you and yours. The Ox and the Donkey’sContinue reading “Merry Christmas!”

The Wisdom of Vulnerability

The Christmas story is full of vulnerability– God becoming a human baby, Mary saying yes to a child that will change her life, Joseph agreeing to raise a child that is not his. Even the Magi show great vulnerability in their star gazing and quest to find and worship Jesus. Part of an Epiphany prayerContinue reading “The Wisdom of Vulnerability”

Gospel Reflection for December 25, 2016, Christmas

Christmas Readings: Isaiah 9.1-6; Titus 2.11-14; Luke 2.1-20 “While Mary and Joseph were in Bethlehem, the time came for her to have to child. Mary gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no place for them in the inn.” – LukeContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 25, 2016, Christmas”

Christmas Mercy

Lord Jesus, Mary and Joseph were turned away at many places before they found a stable to rest. This Christmas, be with those who are searching for home or a safe place to rest. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Lord Jesus, you were brave enough to come to us as a baby. ThisContinue reading “Christmas Mercy”

God is With Us

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss herContinue reading “God is With Us”