The Virgin Mary, I dare to say, has an invitation for you now - to journey with her to Bethlehem during this Advent! While she invites you each year, I also dare to say that this year’s invitation is particularly important, yet especially welcoming!
Remember the I Love Lucy show? Remember Lucy and sidekick, Ethel, in the chocolate factory? And Lucy with a stout Italian peasant woman stomping grapes with their feet? Lucy and the woman end up wrestling to the bottom of the vat covered in purple grapes. Not just their feet but their whole bodies were covered in purple.
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Today, the three saints we celebrate and the Gospel remind us that there are many ways to be “all in” for God and Jesus.
Today’s Gospel reading reminds me of a riddle we used to ask kids.
There are stories about our ancestors in the faith that are important for us to hear over and over again, because they affirm the truth of what Jesus said today in the gospel: that the Kingdom of God is among us and that Christ continues to suffer and be rejected.
St. Martin of Tours, whom we celebrate today, served as a soldier who sought peace and a life modeled on Jesus.