Spiritual direction is our greatest pastoral need today.

- Martin Thornton

December 2014

I suspect by now you have already had your fill of Black Friday, Christmas rush, decorating, making lists and checking them twice. You should be tired of it. In fact, we know the “reason for the season” but somehow still get caught up in the fervour of getting through the holidays. They have long since ceased to be holy-days.

Saints of old (think 1st and 2nd century saints) would be shocked by the fact that so called Christians have somehow forgotten the most important aspect of Christmas. “Jesus Christ was not born [so people] would spend December shopping or saying, “Merry Christmas.” Jesus was born to confront the rulers of this world with [love and justice] — that Jesus, the same Jesus who preached that the poor and marginalized were blessed, is the King of kings and Lord of lords. All earthly powers pale before him, the humble born one who will die a political traitor to Rome.” (Diana Butler Bass)

Maybe it is time to ponder the uncomfortable aspects of Mary’s praise: He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.” (Lk. 1:51-53)

Thank you for including us in your acts of love and justice, of reflecting Jesus in our world.

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