Monthly Archives: December 2014

A Reflection on the Gospels for Christmas II and the Epiphany

A Local Exodus in the Dark And a World Mission in the Light by David Somerville+               Pulitzer prize winning author, James Michener, once noted that “I was born to a woman I never knew, and raised by another who … Continue reading

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The Shepherds’ Exodus and Ours

The Shepherds’ Exodus and Ours A Reflection on the Gospels of 25 December and the Christmas I by David Somerville+             Early twentieth century preacher, Vance Havner, once noted that “Christmas is based on an [original] exchange of gifts: The … Continue reading

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How is Your Annunciation this year? How is Mine?

A Reflection on the Gospel Lesson for Advent IV  21 December 2014 by David Somerville+               God visited the priest, Zechariah, through his message-bearing angel, Gabriel. And, of course, he visited St. Mary the virgin of Nazareth. But have we … Continue reading

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Heralds of the Rose-Colored East

A Reflection on John 1:6-8,19-28 for Advent III  By David Somerville+                We, in our Christian vocations, may sometimes be discouraged over the burdens we bear. We do not need to have them lifted from us. We need something better: … Continue reading

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Who’s Gonna be the Forerunner Now? A Reflection on The Gospel for Next Sunday, Advent II 7 December 2014

Who’s Gonna be the Forerunner Now?          Yes, we know who the forerunner was then. John the Baptist. He engaged his seekers to repent of their sins. But do we need a forerunner for repentance now? Let’s … Continue reading

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