December 21, Lk. 1:39-45

“Our society teaches us to satisfy desire immediately, with quick fixes and self-indulgence.  Yet the season of Advent teaches us the opposite, the desire that is a gift from God, to be oriented toward God alone.. To practice holy desire is to practice self-emptying, preparation, and trust in the One who comes.”  Mahri Leonard Fleckman.

The past three days I have been ill with a virus and I have thought of Frosty, who lives on the river bank on the Sacramento River, 21, cares less about anything; I have thought about the kids in the Haight who live day to day. And I think about the rise in rents, the greed that is embracing the City–the desire for material goods–and I think of Advent calling us to the desire of practicing self- emptying, preparation and trust in the One who is, who was, and who is to come. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

“We exhibit not only hubris but remarkable obtuseness in caging, torturing, and infecting animals in the name of improving our health.

We can see the outcome of our actions already, as new diseases continue to arise and old ones spread, often becoming impervious to our increasingly devastating drugs.” Dr. Will Tuttle

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