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Tell the people everything about this life.
Acts 5:20

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We cannot passively and calmly wait in our church buildings; we need to move from a pastoral ministry of mere conservation to a decidedly missionary pastoral ministry.

Pope Francis

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Why did God become man? To save us from our sins, yes. But also from hatred. And fear. He became man to prove God’s raging love for us and to prove once and for all that man was made for more than the the material stuff and the ego, that man was created for love. He was fully God and fully man. And by fully man, we mean the fullness of man. The ultimate man. The greatest man. I used to hear that teaching and think, yes, of course He was the ultimate man, because He also happened to be the second person of the Trinity! Today, I think I understand it a bit different. See, I’m starting to see Jesus, not merely as some mythology of a man-god sent down from the clouds to shield me and my wretched self from a judgmental Father ready to strike. I’m starting to see him as a human, as a mix of flesh and blood and guts and breath and life and joy. The ultimate man, who stepped right down into the mess and pissed off the world’s most violent and oppressive people on the planet. A man who knows what it’s like to be born, to be alone, to love, to mourn and to be tortured in the town square. He could’ve done it any other way. But He had to bring the message, the truth, the very Word right to our living rooms and to our pubs. “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us,” in other words THAT flesh revealed THAT Word. The very Word of God: I am here. You are loved. Follow me.Let us prepare the way in our hearts this Christmas, to accept that we are not alone, that we are loved as we are, and that by following Jesus’ life of love and preference for the least the oppressed and the poor, that we too shall be guided into the way of peace. #letusadorehim :: Art by @scottthepainter@ennie4

December 24, 2016

2016 has been a rough year. With a confusing election cycle, terrorism on the rise, government corruption, and racism being brought back to the fore front of American culture. I’ve heard some people, in the middle of grief, or even despair say, “This must be the end”, or “we’re headed to hell in a handbasket”. Hasn’t this always been the case though? Haven’t we always been in need of a savior? Two days away from Christmas, the responsorial psalm invites us to proclaim “Lift up your heads and see; your redemption is near at hand” With so much bad news this year, lets make this our Christmas prayer. As we look at the empty manger, and wait with Mary and Joseph, yearning for the coming of Jesus, let’s remember. However bad the news, however bleak the outlook, or uncertain the future. The anticipation of Advent is always fulfilled in the good news of Christmas. Our redemption is always at hand, we simply have to lift up our heads. @baumlife #letusadoreHim

December 23, 2016

This morning, as I read the first reading for Mass, tears fell down my face in gratitude to a God who loves us each so personally. The picture you see here is of Beckham Samuel who was born on Sunday. He was just adopted by my friends, Jackie and Brett. How does Beckham Samuel relate to this passage today? Because Jackie has struggled for years with infertility and pregnancy loss. She had two children—one daughter given to her through adoption and one son was hers biologically. But the yearning and deepest prayer of her heart was for another child. Last month, the adoption agency said that there was a mom due in December who wanted them to adopt her son; when Jackie sent me a text announcing this news, the first thing that I could think to send her was this, “I prayed for this child, and the Lord granted my request” (1 Samuel 1:27). Samuel is this child’s middle name because of this verse, because the words of thanksgiving from Hannah in the Scripture became Jackie and Brett’s own prayer of thanksgiving. Today is their first day at home with Beckham, the child that they prayed for. And what words are in the first reading today? “I prayed for this child, and the Lord granted my request.” Pope Benedict XVI, in a homily in Advent 2012, said this, “We can reflect on whether we are really aware of this fact that the Lord is present among us, that he is not a distant God but a God-with-us, a God in our midst who is with us here…God rejoices in us and we can attain joy: God exists, God is good and God is close.” This morning, my friend Jackie saw this reality first hand—that God is not distant but is a God who is personally invested in us, who is God-with-us. In a few days, we will celebrate the coming of Christ, Emmanuel, the name that means “God is with us”. As Advent comes to an end, let us ask ourselves if WE are aware of this fact: that the Lord is present among us, that he is not distant, that he exists, is good and is close. Today, God might not come as obviously for you as he did for Jackie, but we can trust that he is there. Let’s ask for the grace to see him, in whatever way he chooses to come.@baumwife#letusadorehim

December 22, 2016

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