Comparing Two Readings

The Word became flesh
    and made his home among us.
We have seen his glory,
    glory like that of a father’s only son,
        full of grace and truth.

John 1:14

Take a look at the opening words of the Gospel of St. John in today’s reading and then turn to the first words of the Bible. How is one just like the other? Now don’t look at the answer coming in the rest of this Firestarter…so just pause and turn to both readings and see how they are the same.

OK, assuming that you’ve done that, we can reflect on how these two whole readings are alike. After you’ve found the likeness of the beginning, take a look at the rest of the reading from the beginning of Genesis and this reading and see how they can be compared. What’s the same? What’s different? When you find the answers to these questions, how do you feel?

John 1:1-18

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
You pitched Your tent among us. 14
For more information about
this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the Third Week in Advent
Winter in the north.  Year C
On Fridays we read the Gospel of Luke

Seasons of Grace – A Calendar for 2019

Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.

These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet.  More information…

The Energizer Bunny

Submit to them because it’s God’s will that by doing good
you will silence the ignorant talk of foolish people.

1 Peter 2:15

You know what happens when others think you are a “goodie-goodie”! You might get mocked just like the situation in the beginning of the reading for today.

St. Peter urges his readers to good behavior no matter what, finding Jesus to be the example for us. But not only is Jesus the example, he’s the one that is with us and who makes it possible to act with love and peace in the middle of trouble. This is what we mean by grace: this divine fuel that God puts in our tank so that we can live with great energy and love. The Holy Spirit is like the “Energizer Bunny” inside of us!

1 Peter 2:11-25

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Doing good silences fools. v. 15
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.

This is the Fourth Week in Advent
Winter in the north.  Year C
Thursdays in this season are dedicated to the the letters of Peter

Seasons of Grace – A Calendar for 2019

Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.

These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet.  More information…

Conducting a Symphony

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
    break forth into joyous song and sing praises.

Psalm 98:4

The writer of this psalm thinks he is the conductor of a symphony. He imagines that everyone on earth are musicians playing harps, trumpets, and horns. Then he has all the sea creatures be cheerleaders who shout all the time. He invites the earth itself and all living creatures to join in. Rivers are imagined as applauding for joy at all this! And the choir? Why the very hills! How’s that for an imaginative writer of a psalm!

You can do the same with your imagination. All you have to do is let everything around you—what you see, hear, taste, touch and smell—be part of a symphony with you as the conductor! Try it! Maybe you’ll feel God giving you all this joy and happiness, just as he did to the writer of this lovely psalm.

Psalm 98

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Joy and happiness within v. 4
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the Fourth Week in Advent
Winter in the north.  Year C
Wednesdays are dedicated to the Psalms

Seasons of Grace – A Calendar for 2019

Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.

These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet.  More information…