Why are we uncomfortable with vulnerability and gentleness when God’s encounter with us often happens in those moments of meekness and softness?
Jesus entered this world in poverty. Imagine the mercy of God breaking into the grittiness of 21st century poverty.
God’s incarnation makes sacred our very decisions and even the process of discernment. Every decision we make becomes an incarnation, a little Christmas through which God enters the world.
People had to discern John the Baptist’s message. Was he the messiah? What were the signs they saw? Discernment includes many signs, consolation and desolation, and movements from the spirits that prepare the way to a choice.
God illumines a light into the world through the Annunication. Mary’s yes comes in a place of freedom, hope, and not clinging. Ignatius gives us several exercises for making decisions with this kind of freedom.
Incarnation occurs all the time, even in our decisions. We are in a whirl of confusion and feel like we’re in darkness. Advent is a time of sitting with those raw feelings and emotions because discernment begins with observation.
Alexander imagines that in Jesus’ busyness around the holidays he would manage to slow down and spend time with someone in need.
Why is it we sometimes default to retaliation in the face of being wronged? Marilu (and Jesus) say gentleness is the way.
The message in Jesus’ parable of the seeds is not far from home.