Advent B

1 Advent (B) – 2005

November 27, 2005 Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-27 There’s an interesting quote – from an unexpected source – that applies to this First Day of Advent, from a book you may … [Read More...]

2 Advent (B) – 2005

December 4, 2005 Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8 In the year 539 BC, Cyrus, the ruler of the Persians, conquered the Babylonians. A relatively benign and tolerant ruler, in the … [Read More...]

3 Advent (B) – 2005

December 11, 2005 Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Psalm 126 or Canticle 3 or Canticle 15; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28 Sometimes the folks who put the Lectionary – the lists of Sunday readings – together do … [Read More...]

4 Advent (B) – 2005

December 18, 2005 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Canticle 3 or Canticle 15 or Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38 Everybody knows that oysters sometimes make pearls; and that fascinating reality has been … [Read More...]

1 Advent (B) – 2008

November 30, 2008 Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-27 “Rise! Shine! For the light is a-comin’! “My Lord says he’s comin’ by and by.” The words of the African American … [Read More...]

2 Advent (B) – 2008

December 7, 2008 Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8 We encounter two voices crying out from the wilderness on this Second Sunday of Advent. The prophet Isaiah calls, “Comfort, O … [Read More...]

3 Advent (B) – 2008

December 14, 2008 Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Psalm 126; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28 A Sunday school teacher in Kansas reports this conversation in her class: “If I sold my house and my car, had a … [Read More...]

4 Advent (B) – 2008

December 21, 2008 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Canticle 3 or Canticle 15 or Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38 What happens when authority calls? David, the military general, is now king, and thinks … [Read More...]

4 Advent (B) – 2008

December 21, 2008 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Canticle 3 or Canticle 15 or Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38 Of today’s gospel lesson, Frederick Buechner, in his book Peculiar Treaures, wrote: “She … [Read More...]

1 Advent (B) – 2011

November 27, 2011 Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-27 We are all searching for something or someone. Not just the small things, like our house keys or a parking space, but … [Read More...]

2 Advent (B) – 2011

December 4, 2011 Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8 In 2009 the Dutch filmmaker Enno de Jonge returned to Rio de Janeiro to find the street children he had photographed eighteen … [Read More...]

3 Advent (B) – 2011

December 11, 2011 Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Psalm 126 or Canticle 3 or Canticle 15; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28 Imagine the scene. You are downtown in one of the world’s great cities. You’re standing … [Read More...]

4 Advent (B) – 2011

December 18, 2011 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Canticle 3 or Canticle 15 or Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38 “He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly.” Mary … [Read More...]

Thanksgiving Day (A) – 2014

November 27, 2014 Deuteronomy 8:7-18; Psalm 65; 2 Corinthians 9:6-15; Luke 17:11-19 Thanksgiving Day can be a loaded cultural icon, an indicator of our place in American culture. The turkey, the football … [Read More...]

1 Advent (B) – 2014

November 30, 2014 Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37 Imagine traveling in a foreign city where English is not the official language. All the street signs, menus, billboards, … [Read More...]

2 Advent (B) – 2014

December 7, 2014 Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8 “Comfort ye! ... Every valley shall be lifted up and every mountain made low.” What heart-lifting words we hear from our God … [Read More...]

3 Advent (B) – 2014

December 14, 2014 Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Psalm 126 or Canticle 3 or Canticle 15; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28 Inflection is everything. What do Americans call the game of table tennis? Do we … [Read More...]

4 Advent (B) – 2014

December 21, 2014 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16;  Canticle 15; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38 We always celebrate some aspect of the Annunciation on this Fourth Sunday of Advent. Each year, we hear a different part of … [Read More...]

Christmas Eve (A,B,C) – 2014

December 24, 2014 Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) Mary’s time had come. After the long journey, the road to Bethlehem, and the days of worry before that – what would Joseph say when … [Read More...]

Christmas Day (A,B,C) – 2014

December 25, 2014 Isaiah 62:6-12; Psalm 97; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20 Crossing the minds of almost everyone around this time of year is the fantasy of the perfect Christmas. This fantasy appears in many … [Read More...]