Posts by Phil Moran

Posts by Phil Moran

Hail Mary! (part 3)

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to   a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary.  And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!   But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of…

Hail Mary! (part 2)

And the angel answered [Mary], “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.  . . For nothing will be impossible with God.”  And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:35-38, ESV) Mary is so young –…

Hail Mary! (part 1)

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary.  And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you.” (Luke 1:26-28, ESV) It’s like a favorite old easy-chair, this story of Gabriel’s visit…

Christmas Travel

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.  This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria.  And all went to be registered, each to his own town.  And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house…

The Light Shines

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.  In him was life,and the life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it . . . And the Word became flesh and dwelt…

Leaping for Joy

In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.  And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb.  And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit…”  (Luke 1:39-41, ESV) Modern medical science tells us something I suspect mothers have always…

He Who Is Mightier Than I

John answered them all saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.  He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.”  (Luke 3:16, ESV) If there’s one thing we Americans believe in, it’s equality.  It’s in our founding creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men…

Stay Awake!

  “Therefore, stay awake – for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the cock crows, or in the morning – lest he come suddenly and find you asleep.  And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake!”– Jesus (Mark 13:35-37, ESV) Advent is a time not only to remember the first coming of Jesus Christ into the world, but…

The Straight Way

And John went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.  As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’”  (Luke 3:3-4, ESV) People are crooked, our souls twisted.  This is ancient biblical…

Star of Wonder

And behold, the star they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was.  When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.  And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him.  (Matthew 2:9-11, ESV) Perhaps they saw the extremely rare conjunction of Venus…
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