Advent Day 6 – Good News for December 3

3 12 2010

Matthew 9:27-31

As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out, “Son of David, have pity on us!” When he entered the house, the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I can do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they said to him. Then he touched their eyes and said, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.” And their eyes were opened. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” But they went out and spread word of him through all that land.

The Daily Path:Son of David, help me retain my sight.” I’ve come to understand that the spiritual journey is a moment to moment trek. Sometimes we have great clarity, feeling a high voltage connection. Other times it’s stumbling along in the dark, unaware of what’s taking place before us. Imagine having 20/20 all the time and the strength to act on what you see.

Advent Day 5 – Good News for December 2

3 12 2010

Matthew 7:21, 24-27

Jesus said to his disciples, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.

“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”

The Daily Path: Don’t ask me why, but when I was searching for an image to include in today’s Advent Calendar window, this one grabbed me. Let’s just say that these three young women had a lot of faith back in the 50’s or 60’s… and many cans of hair spray!

Advent Day 1 – Good News for November 28

28 11 2010

Matthew 24: 37-44

Jesus said to his disciples, “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. In those days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day that Noah entered the ark. They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away. So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be out in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken, and one will be left. Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.

Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into. So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

The Daily Path: The first Sunday of Advent is here! Time to head to the mall and start shopping for… GOTCHA!

To help us prepare for the real Christmas, the birth of Our Lord, I’m going to provide a GNTG! Advent Calendar. Perhaps it will help remind us of the true purpose in these next 28 days. Maybe it will act as an aspirin to ease the headache that can be brought on by the holiday rush. It’s also my Christmas gift to all of you, my dear friends, who walk with me on the journey home to God.

ADVENT – Day One: Family

Reflect on a moment in your life when family brought JOY.

Let the Adventus Begin – Good News for November 30

30 11 2008

Mark 13: 33-37

Jesus said to his disciples, “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come. It is like a man traveling abroad. He leaves home and places his servants in charge, each with his own work, and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch.

Watch, therefore; you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming, whether in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning. May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!’” 

The Daily Path: Today is Advent Sunday. It signals the beginning of Advent season and the four weeks leading up to Christmas. Advent comes from the Latin words adventus, meaning “coming” or advenioto come to.” If you read about Advent you’ll see some common terms used to describe this period such as: expectant, waiting, preparation. 

I still have some wonderful childhood memories of Advent. The traditions of the Advent wreath, lighting the Advent candles, and perhaps my favorite… the Advent calendar! These all contributed to the excitement in the weeks before Christmas. I’m certain there is much I don’t recall about the fifty Advent seasons I’ve experienced in my life. However, during the next four weeks I plan to tap into what Advent memories I retain in the hope they will renew that same joyful spirit I once had in preparing for the coming of our Lord. 

In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us to “Watch!” Do you remember that group of shepherds who were on watch duty in the hills surrounding Bethlehem? What they saw was nothing less than spectacular… the coming of Jesus!

Perhaps over the next four weeks you will join me on this hill to keep watch.