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lection reflection (14 Dec 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Isaiah 7.10-25

The manner of his birth proves the truth about the Lord: a virgin conceived without knowing a man; her belly was filled, having been touched by no embrace; and her chaste womb received the Holy Spirit, whom her pure members preserved and her unsullied body carried. Behold the miracle of the mother of the Lord! She . . .

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December 14, 2018

advent quote of the day (13 Dec 2018)

Who among us will celebrate Christmas correctly? Whoever finally lays down all power, all honor, all reputation, all vanity, all arrogance, all individualism beside the manger; whoever remains lowly and lets God alone be high; whoever looks at the child in the manger and sees the glory of God precisely in his lowliness.

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December 13, 2018

lection reflection (13 Dec 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

2 Thessalonians 2.1-12

It is interesting to consult the fathers on end times matters (eschatology). The church has historically always considered that Jesus' second coming could happen at any time. Only in the last couple of centuries, with the rise of Dispensationalism (think Schofield bible), have Christians really considered . . .

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December 13, 2018

advent quote of the day (12 Dec 2018)

If [Jesus] had given signs, as was demanded of him, they would have believed him. But at the the point where it really mattered, he held back. And that created the scandal. Yet everything depends on this fact...If Christ had documented himself with miracles, we would naturally believe, but then Christ would not be our salvation, for then . . .

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December 12, 2018

lection reflection (12 Dec 2018)

reading the bible daily with the church

Isaiah 6.1-13

There are a couple of interesting things to point out from today's Old Testament passage. The first thing that struck me in consulting the Fathers is the unanimity with which they find the Trinity referenced and worshiped in the angelic cry, "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of Armies/Hosts!" Fulgentius is . . .

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December 12, 2018

advent quote of the day (11 Dec 2018)

God travels wonderful ways with human beings, but he does not comply with the views and opinions of people. God does not go the way that people want to prescribe for him; rather, his way is beyond all comprehension, free and self-determined beyond all proof...And that is the wonder of all wonders, that God loves the lowly...God is not . . .

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December 11, 2018

advent quote of the day (10 Dec 2018)

The greatest mystery is not the most distant star; on the contrary, the closer something comes to us and the better we know it, then the more mysterious it becomes for us. The greatest mystery to us is not the most distant person, but the one next to us. The mystery of other people is not reduced by getting to know more and more about . . .

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December 10, 2018

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