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Sunday, December 23, 2018 Fourth Sunday in Advent

December 23, 2018


Today’s O Antiphon begins “O Emmanuel”. Emmanuel is a Hebrew name עִמָּנוּאֵל found in the books of Isaiah and Matthew. It means “God with us.” What does it mean to have God with us? The first reading for today, from Micah, tells us that “…his greatness shall reach to the ends of the earth, he shall be peace.”

It is hard to imagine what that might look like in our unpeaceful, chaotic world, but I know it’s not a passive acceptance of whatever, a naive belief that “it’s all good.” No, it isn’t. Not yet. God is with us when we allow God to be, and that better move us to action. If there is suffering around us, how will we respond? How will we, allowing God within, be peace?

–Baya Clare CSJ

Spirituality is always meant to make us better by unlocking our potential for divinity, to be like God in some participatory way. This is what the Christian theologians of the early Orthodox church called theosis, or deification, becoming like God. It is what Eastern traditions mean when they speak of awakening the Buddha-nature within us. If spirituality does not offer access to actualizing our potential for this higher form of life, which is what we are made for, then what ultimate value can it possibly have for us?
–Wayne Teasdale

Today’s scripture

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jackie Griffith, CSSJ Philadelphia permalink
    December 23, 2018 9:13 am

    Powerful beyond words. Loved the images during this season. God surely comes in surprise and the unexpected. Thanks so much for your efforts, Baya.

  2. Sr. Jackie Griffith permalink
    December 23, 2018 9:19 am

    Baya, Thanks for your daily images. Where can I find today’s image of the holy family? I would love to print out for my continued reflection. Thanks, Baya. Happy rest of advent into Christmas. Jackie Griffith

    Sent from my iPad


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