Week 3 - Nativity

130 kilometers on dirt tracks winding through hills and across plains would probably have taken Joseph and a heavily pregnant Mary four or five days to walk.

A decade ago it would have taken less than three hours to drive.

Today the journey could not be made at all. The road through this conflicted and disputed zone is transected by heavily armed checkpoints and an eight meter high wall. 

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Bible Reading

 
Posted by Ryan Bolger on November 30, 2014  

Luke 2:1-20 (The Message)
About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Empire. This was the first census when Quirinius was governor of Syria. Everyone had to travel to his own ancestral hometown to be accounted for. So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah, David’s town, for the census. As a descendant of David, he had to go there. He went with Mary, his fiancée, who was pregnant.

While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped (more…)

Weekly Reflection

 
Posted by Ryan Bolger on November 30, 2014  

In the West we take freedom of movement as something we are entitled to. Imagine how your life would be if you had to line up with your passport everytime you had to get out of your street or how you would feel if you knew someone from the next suburb might be tunneling beneath your house with the intention of violent robbery?

Daily Ritual

 
Posted by Ryan Bolger on November 30, 2014  

Each time you light your three candles pray for long term peace to come to the people of Jerusalem and Gaza (and other conflict zones). Pray for more than 350,000 Jewish and Palestinian children severely psychologically traumatized by loss and the sights and sounds of war. For them the wait for peace has been unbearable.

Note that some traditions use a pink/rose candle and give this week "Gaudete (rejoice) Sunday." This comes from the first word in the Latin of Philippians 4:4,5: "Gaudete in Domino semper" ("Rejoice in the Lord always").

How do you resolve the (more…)

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