When baptized, people become immersed both into the grave with this world, in solidarity with Christ’s suffering on its behalf; and also into the love of God which sent Him.…
In the magi’s realization that Christ is the light of the world God reveals himself in space and time. God has caused the finite to bear the infinite, and through…

Advent: Love

December 23, 2018

Advent: Joy

December 16, 2018
The joy of advent can withstand suffering even as it fights for the well-being of all people because it is rooted in the promise of God that all will be…

Advent: Peace

December 9, 2018
The peace of Advent is God’s promise both for the heart and for the political order of this world. Jesus answers both the desires of the heart at the same…

Advent: Hope

December 2, 2018
In Matthew 2:1-12 we will see how different people received the news of God's coming to earth as an indication of how they waited when God was silent. They serve…
The author's summary of Ecclesiastes, to fear God and keep his commandments, may seem a bleak and hard truth but Jesus feared God and kept His commandments. We follow Jesus…
The teachers final meditation reaches something of a conclusion, which the narrator affirms: in the face of life’s absurdities we have no choice but to leap into the arms of…
The Teacher has assessed the absurdity of life as a bizarre alchemy of unquenchable desire, utterly unpredictable circumstances followed by certain death. As he concludes with some recommendations on how…
The Teacher has already made it clear that human wisdom is no pathway to immortality, meaning or even comprehensive understanding of our world. But he can't the shake the notion…
The Teacher is drawing near the end of his reflections and is prepared to start drawing some conclusions about life. And the first one is this: just being alive isn’t…
The Teacher has already ruled out wealth as a viable purpose for living; it’s too fleeting, too unreliable and utterly incapable of dealing with the specter of death looming over…
After spelling out the absurdity of life (in the pursuit of pleasure, wisdom and success) and outlining the sources of it (death’s two faces: time and evil). The Teacher begins…
As Jesus sends his disciples, he tells them that they follow his example of mission, that they are empowered by the Holy Spirit, and that they bring a tangible expression…
The Teacher bluntly states everything we accomplish in this world and every relationship we establish over the course of our lives ultimately vanishes into nothing once we die. But the…
As the Teacher reflects on the nature of time he turns to consider the reality of judgment - that there is a time to assess all of time. But this…
After detailing the various fantasies that drive our search for meaning - like the idea that the pursuit of pleasure, wisdom or work could fulfill it - The Teacher begins…
Neither a life aimed at pleasure or one aimed at wisdom can bear the weight of the human search for meaning - so says the Teacher. But what about our…
If there is one front runner for meaning “under the sun” in the mind of The Teacher, it’s wisdom. He notices that not only is wisdom required to pursue the…
After the stark introduction, The Teacher begins to prove his thesis that life is absurd. The first option that presents itself as a candidate for meaning is simple pleasure -…