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Wednesday Kipple.

It’s Advent. St Wilfrid was quite real, Eddi is probably his biographer. There is a church at Mahood End, which is a real village. But the saying of the mass and preaching to the animals may be a poetic conceit. Regardless, this is the best Kipling Christmas poems: his one about India is morose. Eddi’s […]

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11 December 19

Brevity is wit, silence is golden. One of the great joys is to sit with your spouse in peace and look at the beauty that surrounds you and the beauty graven upon their face. We are to be holy, and then what is holy will be spoken from us: but we are unable to be […]

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Advent poem, Victorian.

There are some Advent poems that are too good not to quote at this time of the year. I generally avoid the Victorians, but all eras have great poets. Christina Rossetti was one. In the bleak midwinter In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; Snow […]

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10 December 19.

This world works almost completely by fear. We are encouraged to be afraid that our speech and thoughts will lead to us being shamed, sacked, and cast out: even the most famous among us fears, for they know that the foundation of society is broken, for they were involved in it. We are called deplorable […]

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Sunday 8 December 19

This week I am again running late. It is the busy time of the year: we have much on. The times are such that those who are of Christ are seen as the despised: those who are not of Christ are praised, regardless. At this time, we should look at the old men of faith, […]

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7 December 19.

The Pharisees knew their prophets and that there would be a restoration, but their model of the restoration was faulty. They could not see the Christ when he arrived, and they ignored the scriptures that said that they would miss him. Be very wary of your spiritual assumptions, and theological categories. Our God is greater […]

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6 December 19

This follows on from the reading from yesterday. There will be a restoration. There will be a time when we will seek righteousness, for the spirit of God will be in us, and we will no longer want to have habits of evil. We shall be restored, and we will not be afflicted. The glory […]

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5 December 19

The coming kingdom will be pure. The New Jerusalem will be beautiful, glorious. But it will be cleansed of all unrighteousness. That will be a judgement, by fire. And then the cloud of the glory of God will again be over the people of God, as it was in the desert, but not the symbol: […]

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Lectionary Theology

2 December 19

The passage for this day is difficult, Let us first look at the scholastic commentary. Then (v. 4) he proves that we are all baptized in conformity with the death of Christ, saying, we were buried with him by baptism into death. As if to say: Burial is only for the dead: “Let the dead […]

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Advent Sunday.

While all the commercial people have moved from promoting black Friday — after Thanksgiving — to Cyber Monday (tomorrow) we forget that in the Church calendar this is the first day of the year. The year starts with Advent, which is a fast and a time of preparation for Christmas, which was a feast. The […]