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Tagged: liturgical seasons

Advent Reflection: Yes to Grace

In the world of improv comedy, there is a practice called “yes-and.” In an improv session, if something strange or shocking or difficult to understand is mooted, the next person in the session does not resist or attempt to backpedal...

Advent Reflection: Yes to Grace

Advent Reflection: John the Baptist’s Joy

Whereas the lectionary readings for the two previous Sundays have contained dire warnings about what is in store for us all if we fail to adequately prepare for Christ’s coming, today’s readings leaven these warnings with joy, a foretaste of...

Advent Reflection: John the Baptist’s Joy

Advent Reflection: In Danger

Advent, and thus the liturgical year, begins with a whole flurry of liturgical readings, spiritual devotions, and popular hymns referring to concepts like “captive Israel” and “the curse of the Law.” In the New Testament’s theological and cultural language these...

Advent Reflection: In Danger

Prepare well for Lent

I have a confession to make. I am, by training, a liturgist. As such, I cringe at the well-known joke—“What’s the difference between a liturgist and a terrorist? You can negotiate with terrorists.”—both because there is a grain of truth...

Prepare well for Lent