The Beginning of the Good News: A Reflection for Advent 2, 2020

A former priest of mine used to tell a story that has really stuck with me. He was traveling in Europe and was able to get an audience with a monk famed for his wisdom. With great difficulty, through their language barrier, he was able to tell this monk of his plans and what he … Continue reading The Beginning of the Good News: A Reflection for Advent 2, 2020

An Apocalypse of Presence: A Reflection for Advent 1, 2020

Well friends, we've made it to Advent once again. One of my most vivid childhood memories of this season is gathering with other children at the front of the church lighting an Advent wreath. In this tradition, each week of Advent, we would light one of five candles — three purple, one pink, and one … Continue reading An Apocalypse of Presence: A Reflection for Advent 1, 2020

Babel Revisited

There's a strange story in Genesis 11 that goes like this: The peoples of the earth, wanting to gain fame and power, decide to build a tower that stretches up all the way into heavens. But God confuses their speech, so their venture fails and they scatter across the earth. The whole story of the … Continue reading Babel Revisited

A Marriage Made in Heaven (A Reflection on Revelation 19.1-10)

One of the most pervasive images of salvation in both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament is that of a marriage, with God as a bridegroom making the faithful his bride.  Marriage, of course, means something quite different in our context than it did in the Ancient Near East or classical Mediterranean world. In … Continue reading A Marriage Made in Heaven (A Reflection on Revelation 19.1-10)

“I Saw Satan Fall like Lightning” (Further thoughts on Revelation 12.7-12)

As I was writing my post for the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels the other day, I was struck by something in the text from the Apocalypse that had slipped past my notice in previous readings. In the dense symbolic language of its genre, the text describes a battle between warring factions in … Continue reading “I Saw Satan Fall like Lightning” (Further thoughts on Revelation 12.7-12)