Tag Archives: Advent

The Fruit of Your Womb

It’s a remarkable scene. God is acting in the world in unexpected ways, and these two women are the only ones who can speak about it. Joseph, Mary’s fiancé, doesn’t come into the story yet. Zechariah, Elizabeth’s husband, has heard from an angel but he didn’t believe so he’s been struck mute. Only the women can say what’s going on. Only the women can carry the Gospel in their words as they do in their wombs.

Sermon Rewind: Tear the Heavens

(Note: I preached this sermon on the first Sunday of Advent in 2014) Sisters and brothers, grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Raise your hand if you had a mother (or father) who woke you up at 4 a.m. to go to the highest hill in […]

My Back Pages: Forgetting Advent

(Note: I wrote this column for The Daily in November 2011. It is no longer extant, so I am republishing it here). Black Friday kicked off the “holiday season” last week. The pumpkin-flavored pastries and beverages have already given way to eggnog and gingerbread, while lite-music radio will be in full Noel mode until Christmas. […]