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Heaven and Earth Wait, Advent 4 (B) – 1999

December 19, 1999

It’s a strange scene to be sure. How well thought out does this plan seem? How weird does it strike you that God’s plan of salvation should depend upon the willingness of a young woman living in an obscure village of a remote province to trust a vision that tells her God wants her to […]

Cells of Complacency, Advent 3 (B) – 1999

December 12, 1999

It’s because the Baptist’s voice is so cold, urgent and disturbing that the Judaean priests and Levites come out to demand in effect: “Who do you think you are?” That’s what this morning’s Gospel dialogue is all about. And the Baptist’s answer is even more disconcerting. He is shaking up things as they are; he […]

Refine Our Hopes and Fears, Advent 2 (B) – 1999

December 05, 1999

John appears extreme, but he is fundamental. He begins in the wilderness baptizing the multitude with water. John is the first born, barely having clothes on his back; eating what he can grope for. John rasps Apocalypse, then cleanses the people of their sin. Baptism by water is the first of our parenting; baptism by […]

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