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You have to feel for John the Baptist. He burst upon the scene with such promise and excitement.

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The life of Isaiah the prophet traversed dark and difficult times. During his ministry Israel was beset on all sides by threats and violence. The present lacked all security; the future was shrouded in uncertainty.

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The English word “Advent” comes from the Latin “Advenire” which means “to come.”

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Looking back at old sermons is an interesting exercise in revisiting the past.

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The phrase causes discomfort and awkwardness. It seems somehow not quite appropriate in our current context. It carries the taint of discredited colonialism, the hints of harmful hierarchy and Christianity’s tragic history.

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The 2010 French film “Of Gods And Men” directed by Xavier Bueavois tells the story of a small community of Trappist monks who lived peacefully among their Arab neighbours in the tiny Cistercian priory of Our Lady of Atlas in the Atlas mountains near Tibhirine in Algeria, in the closing decades of the twentieth century.

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I was introduced on Wednesday to Sylvia Plath’s beautiful and holy poem, “Black Rook In Rainy Weather.” It is such a perfect Advent meditation, I could not resist posting it today.

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41 Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover.

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39 When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.

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36 There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher.

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