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”

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!”

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”

Gospel Reflection for December 25 & 27, 2015, Christmas/Holy Family

Christmas Gospel Readings: Luke 2.1-14; Holy Family Readings: 1 Samuel 1.20-22,24-28; 1 John 3.1-2,21-24; Luke 2.41-52 “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 in.” (Luke 2.7) The child who is God’s joy for theContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 25 & 27, 2015, Christmas/Holy Family”

Gospel Reflection for December 25, 2014, Christmas/Holy Family

Christmas Readings: Isaiah 9.1-6; Titus 2.11-14; Luke 2.1-20 “The angel said, ‘You have nothing to fear.  I bring you good news, a great joy to be shared by the whole people.  For this day in David’s city a savior has been born to you, who is Christ the Lord.  Let this be a sign toContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 25, 2014, Christmas/Holy Family”

Christmas Grace

Plan to make your Christmas gathering special by setting the table with candles and wine glasses for a Christmas toast. You can have both regular wine and alcohol-free wine available so everyone can make the toast. Invite the oldest, youngest, and newest persons at the table to light a candle and say the blessing below.Continue reading “Christmas Grace”

The Meaning of Christmas (Or How Not to Hate What You Receive)

The Meaning of Christmas (Or How Not to Hate What You Receive) a guest post from Claire Bischoff What is the worst Christmas gift that you have ever been given? On the first Christmas I celebrated with my then-boyfriend now-husband’s family, they gave me a navy blue and white striped sweater from an expensive brand nameContinue reading “The Meaning of Christmas (Or How Not to Hate What You Receive)”

Gospel Reflection for December 25, Christmas Day

The angel said, “You have nothing to fear!  I bring you good news, a great joy to be shared by the whole people for this day in David’s city a savior has been born to you, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2.10-11 Luke’s gospel and the Christmas Liturgy of the Word fill the storyContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for December 25, Christmas Day”