Month: November 2021

First Covenant Commitment in Brazil

This 28th of November, on the first Sunday of Advent, after a process of formation and discernment, 18 people (single and married) made their first covenant commitment to the community in Brazil. The new community is called Terra de Santa Cruz, the name given to Brazil in the colonial period. This small group thus begins […]

Day 8: Tuesday, January 25

Matthew 2:12 “They left for their own country by another road.”  Beyond the familiar routes of separation to God’s new paths Reading: You show me the path of life.  Psalms 16:11 Reflection:  We do not know what the wise men thought – they who were experts in astronomy and navigation – when they were warned […]

Day 7: Monday, January 24

Matthew 2:11 “Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” The gifts of communion Reading:  For I desire steadfast love not sacrifice.  Hosea 6:1-6 Reflection: In our journey to Bethlehem, the city of bread, we contemplate the wise men who came to pay homage to the Christ-child. They opened their […]

Day 6: Sunday, January 23

Matthew 2:11 “They saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him.” Gathered in worship around the One Lord Reading:  When they saw him, they wor­shipped him. Matthew 28:16-20  Reflection: When the Magi from their far-away countries arrived at Bethlehem and saw the child with his mother, they worshipped him. In […]

Day 5: Saturday, January 22

Matthew 2:9 “The star which they had seen in the East went before them.”  Guided by the one Lord Reading:  The Lord went in front of them in a pillar of Cloud. Exodus 13:17-14:4 Reflection: Again and again the scriptures tell us how the Lord God walks with his people, protects them, and watches over them […]

Day 4: Friday, January 21

Matthew 2:6 “And you, Bethlehem… are by no means least.”  Though small and suffering, we lack nothing. Reading:  From you shall come forth…one who is to rule in Israel.  Micah 5:2-5a, 7-8 Reflection:  From the small and lowly city of Bethlehem, the Lord, the Son of God, made his entrance into the world. From the womb […]

Day 3: Thursday, January 20

Matthew 2:3 “When king Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.” The presence of Christ turns the world upside down. Reading:  So we labored … from break of dawn until the stars came out.  Nehemiah 4:18-21 Reflection:  The Lord has come amongst us. Christ’s coming dis­turbs the ways of the world. In […]

Day 2: Wednesday, January 19

Matthew 2:2 “Where is He who has been born king of the Jews?”  Humble leadership breaks down walls and builds up with love. Reading:  The Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve.  Matthew 20:20-28 Reflection:  Jeremiah denounces the bad leadership of the kings of Israel who divided and scattered the people (Jeremiah […]

Day 1: Tuesday, January 18

Matthew 2:2 “We saw His star in the East.” Raise us up and draw us to your perfect light. Reading:  This grace… has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 1:7-10 Reflection:  In this fragile and uncertain world, we look for a light, a ray of hope from afar. In […]