Stewardship Corner

December 2019

Dec 29

. . . on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh

“They”, of course, are the magi, unnumbered by Matthew, who “saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.” Their gifts are gifts suitable for a king as they understood that the star was announcing the birth of the King of the Jews, the title the Romans would nail to his cross.  Matthew has no...
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Dec 15

When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child . . .

Luke’s and Matthew’s nativity narratives are quite dissimilar. The Biblical scholar Ray Brown counted only eight points of similarity. The most basic difference is that Luke tells the story from Mary’s perspective and Matthew from Joseph’s, almost as if they had divvied up the duty. But both parents face...
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Dec 7

"Where are the other nine?"

Jesus has just gotten through blessing ten lepers and sending them to see the priest. On the way, they realize that they have bee cleansed. Now one was a Samaritan, who knew he would not get a good reception from a priest in Judea. But instead of just going on his way, he returns to Jesus overcome with a gratitude which drives him to the ground...
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