The Donkey

The bearer of the Christ-bearer. Seems a heavy job for such a simple animal, and yet the lowly donkey is a key player in our Nativity story.   The man came out in a bit of a rush that morning. He slipped the rope over my head and led me out of the pen, right […]

The Innkeeper

We know the story by heart. Mary and Joseph finally make it to Bethlehem only to find, low and behold, that there is no room in the inn.  We see it in pageants and laugh as children, in their best grumpy voices, exclaim “I have no room, Caesar’s decree for a census has filled up […]

Lectionary Commentary

Journeying through the Revised Common Lectionary Readings, Commentary, and Discussion Questions for December 17, 2017 Third Sunday in Advent The Readings First Reading: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 1 The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind […]


We don’t pay a lot of attention to Joseph. He doesn’t seem like a major player in the Christmas story, but he played one of the biggest roles in the whole story. If he had made a different choice, if he had ignored the angel, where would we be now? Uhm, hello. My name is […]


The beauty and joy of a new baby…and also the raging hormones. Just a couple of the thoughts that pass through my mind on Tuesday mornings as I sit in a dim and quiet chapel staring at Mary holding her baby on the reredos waiting for Morning Prayer to begin. When I imagine what she […]