It is not the resplendent Queen of Heaven that we meet in Luke's nativity story but a flesh and blood member of the peasantry in Israel. In the balance of Luke/Acts she further comes into view via brief glimpses as a person to whom we can relate. Blue is the color associated with her and in a number of churches today blue paraments and stoles have replaced the traditional violet for Advent. Hopefully, competent preaching can restore to all of us, male and female, a Mary who is a practical model for our own discipleship and growth.
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards current events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War II, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.