Author: Gareth Brandt

Mary’s Magnificent Protest Song

He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly.—Luke 1:52 Read: Luke 1:46-55 Reflect: God’s coming to Earth is about a reversal of status and values. Mary’s song in response to the angel’s announcement continues this theme. Mary may seem like an unlikely singer to be raging against the machine of empirical power, but that is the whole point! God often speaks through the unlikely.  […]

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Mary’s Words of Wisdom

Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.—Luke 1:38 Read: Luke 1:26-38 Reflect: The Beatles recognized Mary’s words of wisdom when they sang, “Let it be”. I don’t think it was accidental that God chose a teenage peasant girl to bear salvation to the world, as the unconditional trust of the young is an example for all of us.[…]

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Jesus as Art

This weekend is the first Sunday of Advent. Today is Thanksgiving in USA. I found the following article I wrote some years ago that might serve as an appropriate meditation on this Black Friday Eve that seems the official beginning of the Christmas season in North America. […]

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Watching the News

This is the first of a series of blogs relating to peace and justice issues occurring in my community and around the world. The first class of my “Peace and Justice Issues” course was dedicated to the power of the media in letting us know what is happening [I used Noam Chomsky for this]. On […]

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