We can find the amazement in our lives

Christmas Eve: Isaiah 9:2-7, Luke 2:1-20 We are now in the season of Christmas. It is a time that amazes us especially if you are young. Whether we have been naughty or nice there are almost always presents under a tree from people we love. Maybe some of us will be amazed in the morning when we awake to find a stack of presents as sign that Santa has visited. Even if today we do not find the season so full of awe, many of us just need to remember back to when we were a kid. Then we can remember the excitement of the day even if it is not because of gifts. The fond memories may be of family and friends. Christmas is a time to be amazed. Even from the very first Christmas people were full of w

When we have something difficult to do

Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year A Isaiah 7:10-16, Matthew 1:18-25 There once were two men, John and Hank. John was a team leader at Halliburton and over 14 years he watched Hank move up in the ranks. Hank was a great employee and has been John’s right-hand man for about 8 years. Hank wasn’t only dependable, but had a way with people to always get the best out of them. Over these years John and Hank became very close friend. Their families also became close; barbecuing on Memorial Day, watching football together, occasionally they even took joint family vacations. Then, not too long ago here in Houston, John got a call from his boss. “We are cutting your department. I have a spot for you but ev

Crossroads of Faith

Third Sunday of Advent, Year A, Isaiah 35:1-10, Matthew 11:2-11 John says, “Are you the one to come or are we to wait for another?” How can John the Baptist wonder, at this point in his life, whether Jesus is the Messiah or not? We know that before he was born, upon meeting Jesus in Mary’s womb, John leapt for joy in the womb of his mother Elizabeth. Just last week in the Gospel we heard John say, “I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” And we know that along the way John did baptize Jesus and the heavens opened up telling us that Jesus is God’s

Faith: Wild and Uncultivated

Second Sunday of Advent, Year A, Matthew 3:1-12 John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness. That is a wild or uncultivated place. We live in a wilderness, so to speak; maybe not the wilds of south Texas, but in a place where faith is wild and uncultivated. I say this because it seems that faith can mean anything from enjoying the perceived energy that you receive by wearing a crystal around your neck; to a religion which calls you to perpetrate physical or verbal violence on others. The difference between just having faith and religion, on its most basic level, is having a set of rules to follow. Anyone who believes that they have faith and follows a set of rules to either maintain or deepe

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