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Fools, feasts, and games of thrones

Text: Luke 1:26-56 (the miraculous conception of Jesus) “You have deposed the mighty from their thrones and raised the lowly to high places.” Every December, we hear these words of Mary as she prepares to give birth to Jesus. Her … Continue reading

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Advent without ceasing?

Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:5-11, 16-18 (“Pray without ceasing”) Every Advent, the following debate surfaces: is Christmas secular or religious? Today, we are in the middle of Advent, a season that includes the four Sundays before Christmas. And while the retail … Continue reading

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“Keep calm and carry on”

Text: Mark 13 (“the Little Apocalypse”) One of our highest spiritual goals is to wake up. This is a theme found in today’s apocalyptic reading. Jesus tells his friends to stay awake to the possibility of disaster, judgement, and salvation. … Continue reading

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“Everything is holy now”

Text: Exodus 3:1-5 (Moses and the burning bush) Have you ever encountered something so startling that it makes you stop in your tracks? When Moses passes by a burning bush that is not consumed, he stops, looks, and listens; and … Continue reading

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Trick or Treat

Text: Romans 1:1-17 (“made right by faith”) Last week as I followed the news, I wondered if Alberta’s Council of Catholic School Superintendents was playing a Halloween trick on the province. Halloween is just two days away, and this year … Continue reading

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“Secret Path”

Text: selections from Isaiah (“make straight in the desert a highway) The music album and graphic novel “Secret Path” by Gord Downie are about a 12-year-old boy, Chanie Wenjack, who tried to find a way home in 1966. Chanie attempted … Continue reading

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Is resistance futile?

Text: Exodus 1:8-17 (Midwives disobey the King of Egypt) As you may have noticed, I got my hair cut last week; and as always, I enjoyed chatting with my barber. Earlier this year, one of our monthly chats turned to … Continue reading

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