So, the last Sunday in Advent has come (& almost gone!) In Today’s Gospel we heard how John the Baptist leaped in Elizabeth’s womb when Mary came to visit. Fr. Sean challenged us this evening about how much ‘leaping’ we do (the faith kind.) Since the other day i shared one of my favorite pics of kids jumping in Uganda (‘twould have fit well today..), will focus now instead upon The Light. Fr. Sean also challenged us about how the Star of Bethlehem reflected Light into the darkness & how brightly do we let our Light shine?
As we near Christmas Eve (very shortly), here’s another Christmas card cover from Virginia the Relief & Development worker when she lived in Bethlehem (in the ’90s, keep that in mind as you look at the crisis places the Star of Bethlehem is shining out upon..)
“The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light;
and they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death,
upon them hath the light shined…”
“O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light;
The hopes & fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight…” (Phillips Brooks)
grace, peace & Star of Light
Virginia : )