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Year A – Fourth Sunday of Advent – December 22, 2013

Isaiah 7:10-14; Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R/. 7c and 10b); Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:23; Matthew 1:18-24

Sacred Scripture gives us several stories about dreamers – Jacob and his son Joseph come to
Imagemind.  But the most important dreamer of all was a carpenter named Joseph.  In his dream, an angel came and spoke to him and said, “Do not fear to take Mary into your home.  For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her.”  In addition, in his dream, Joseph was told to name the child Jesus, which means “God saves.”  When he awoke from the dream, he did what had been asked and took Mary into his home.

That was not the end of his dreams though.  They kept coming.  Voices spoke, “Joseph, take the mother and child into Egypt – Herod is trying to kill him.”  “Joseph, take the mother and child out of Egypt – Herod is dead.”  Each time Joseph listened to his dreams.  Perhaps once one begins to live in God’s dream; it becomes clearer, if not easier.  God’s dream is that we live in the world as God’s children, taking care of each other and working to bring God’s peace, justice, mercy, and forgiveness – God’s very presence, wherever it is needed.

How are you living God’s dream?  

 

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Year C – Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord – Easter Vigil in the Holy Night – March 30, 2013 – Gospel Reflection

Psalm 136:1-3, 4-6, 7-9, 24-26 or Psalm 136:1, 3, 16, 21-23, 24-26; Genesis 1:1 – 2:2 or 1:1, 26-31a; Psalm 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 13-14, 24, 35 (R/. 30) or Psalm 33:4-5, 6-7, 12-13, 20-22; Genesis 22:1-18 or 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18; Psalm 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11 (R/. 1); Exodus 14:15 – 15:1; Exodus 15:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 17-18; Isaiah 54:5-14; Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13; Isaiah 55:1-11; Isaiah 12:2-3, 4, 5-6; Baruch 3:9-15, 32 – 4:4; Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11 (R/. John 6:68c); Ezekiel 36:16-17a, 18-28; Psalm 42:3, 5, 43:3, 4 (R/. 42:2); Psalm 51:12-13, 14-15, 18-19; Romans 6:3-11; Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23; Luke 24:1-12

Tonight brings us to the great climax of our paschal celebration, as we light the new fir symbolizing Christ, the light of the world and listen to the great hymn of praise and exultation.  The story of salvation begins with the account of Creation, followed by the story of Abraham’s willingness to trust God to be provider and promise-keeper.  God’s powerful delivery of Moses and his people follows.  Then, the voices of Isaiah, Baruch, and Ezekiel speak until we come to Paul’s reminder of our baptism into Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection to new life.

Finally, we hear the words of two men in dazzling garments, bringing a new world into being, “Why do you seek the living one among the dead?  He is not here, but he has been raised” (Luke 24:5-6).  This night offers a symbolic chorus proclaiming God acting to bring all creation to new life.  Each time we hear those four words, “He has been raised,” we are challenged to believe.

Do you believe?  If so, will you renew your baptismal promises?  We do this, not alone, but as a community, giving courage to each other.

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