To find where Jesus abides, the church needs to put on our most comfortable walking shoes.
Lace up your Nikes, slip on your Birks,
grab your Tims—you pick your favorite pair—
and let’s hit the road. It’s in the walking with Jesus through the gospel we uncover what it means to abide in him, to remain with him.
In 2021 we read through the gospel of Mark (the gospel for lectionary year b) in vespers and I paired each reading with a piece of artwork for reflection, an adapted process of visio divina. Each week we used guiding questions as an opening into group reflection…Here are the readings and the works of art for the year 2021.
It is only after Elizabeth’s blessing welcomes her, that Mary sings. I know, we tend to think of our spiritual lives in the singular, as an individual quest for meaning or purpose. Yet here in the beginnings of Luke’s gospel we find a faith which is inherently communal in nature. For here we see Mary finds her voice in the presence of an encourager, with someone who sees her and recognizes the good which the Spirit is at work in her….and who intentionally blesses her.
We begin this season of Advent with our homesickness, with the longing deep in our bones for a better world, for forgiveness, for reconciliation, for a new start.
Christian nationalism cannot be ignored or pushed aside.
It is a perversion of everything we claim to hold sacred.
It is the antithesis of the gospel we proclaim.
It is dangerous and unchecked it will destroy us.
We cannot be silent.