Author: Carole Boshart

Week of – First Sunday After Christmas / New Year’s Day / Holy Name of Jesus Day; What’s in a name?

The gospel of Luke has an account of Jesus’ infancy that the gospel of Matthew does not include. It branches from when Jesus was just born (perhaps) to some time before the arrival of the wise men. Or maybe Matthew left out this account, or Luke left out the flight to Egypt. The first of months of Jesus’ life are most often seen in hindsight to his later life. Jesus’ birth was significant at the time to only those who were there and witnessed it. The rest of us are dependent on the accounts that come down to us, passing through history, memory, and the oral tradition.[…]

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Week Leading Up to Christmas: The Gospel Passage Year A – Journeying with the gospel of John; or not

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light  all people.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.”  (John 1:1 – 5) […]

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Fourth Week of Advent: The Gospel Passage Year A – A story for all times and all understandings

“Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly.” (Matthew 1:18 – 19) […]

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Third Week of Advent: The Psalm Passage Year A – Praise God . . . but I need Jesus

Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets the prisoners free; the LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous.” (Psalms 146:5 – 8) […]

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