Scripture Commentary for December 17th (Year B)

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THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT FIRST READING Isaiah 61: 1-4, 8-11 Most of “Third Isaiah” is about the Jews who have returned from the Babylonian exile.  So much has changed.  Thousands of foreign gentiles whom the Babylonians had forced into the area are now settled there.  The numerous rural Jews that the Babylonians had been left behind are now practicing a splinter Judaism—the Samaritans.  The walls of Jerusalem are down, the Temple reduced to rubble.  In this passage, the poet imagines God’s response to the troubled prayer of the returnees. SECOND READING 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-24 Our lesson is taken from …

Scripture Commentary for December 10th (Year B)

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SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT   FIRST READING Isaiah 40: 1-11 In 539 BC, Babylon, where the Jews had been held in slavery for fifty years, was captured by the Persians.  The Persians had set about establishing a more stable empire than Assyria or Babylon had been able to effect.  A key policy was tolerance of local customs, governments, and religions so long as the vassal states gave them money and soldiers.  Accordingly, as Second Isaiah has just learned, the Jews are to be released from their captivity and allowed to return to their homeland.  You will hear one of the …

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December phenology (Cold Moon)

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By Sylvia Marek Phenology is a science focused on observing and recording biological events from year to year and their relationships to the change of seasons and climate. These are the “normal” phenology events we expect to see here and in the Madison area in December. We would love to hear about what you are seeing on the grounds of Holy Wisdom Monastery. Please comment on this post with what you are observing, where at Holy Wisdom and the date you observed the event. Winter birds Residents: chickadee, cardinal, white-breasted nuthatch, tufted titmouse, house finch and woodpeckers Winter visitors from …

Scripture Commentary for December 3rd (Year B)

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FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT FIRST READING Isaiah 64: 1 – 9 The three parts of the book of Isaiah were written by at least two authors, and probably more. “First Isaiah” (Chapters 1-39) was the advisor to kings before the loss of Judah and subsequent exile to Babylon (see II Kings 18-20). “Second Isaiah” (Chapters 40-55) was a poet living among the Babylon exiles who sang joyfully about the coming return to Judea. “Third Isaiah” (Chapters 56-66) written in Jerusalem after the return, is probably by several authors, though some scholars think it is a continuation of “Second Isaiah.” Advent …

Icons at Holy Wisdom Monastery

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How many icons can you find at the monastery? In the weeks leading up to Sunday, November 12, 2017, I was finding this out as I helped the sisters’ community to prepare for a class on icons for the Youth Ministry of Sunday Assembly. This was not the only thing I learned during the preparation. Being Protestant, I knew only a little about the symbols in icons that are necessary to be able to ‘read’ the story presented or the identity of the person. Our focus for the class was to give the students a basic understanding of the common …

David McKee’s Homily from November 26, 2017

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SUNDAY OF THE FULFILLMENT November 26, 2017   Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 Ephesians 1:15-23 Matthew 25:31-36     A little over 25 years ago, I decided to change professions.  After much rumination and conversation, I chose to forsake certain forms of imagined security and strike out into a new line of work that promised personal fulfillment, but with little foreknowledge of whether or not I would succeed in this new venture; whether, in addition to pursuing a passion, I would be any good at it, or would end up making a decent living. Shortly after making this decision, I was sitting …

New books in the library—December 2017

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! December 2017 Everyday life can often feel hectic, as you juggle work, family, and social commitments. The holidays add to that stress—with gifts to buy and wrap, cards to write, the house to decorate, and parties to plan or attend. Instead of a joyful time, this can become a frenzied and upsetting one. We all need to step back and remember the true meaning of the Advent season. During the month of December, come to the monastery and attend a program or daily prayer or discover a treasure in the library. The …

Joseph Wiesenfarth’s Homily for November 19, 2017

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Joseph Wiesenfarth Homily 19 November 2017 Proverbs 31:10-31; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25: 14-30     Many of you may know that July 18th of this year was the two hundredth anniversary of Jane Austen’s death at the age of 41.  She is buried in the South aisle of Winchester cathedral, but the inscription on the tombstone makes no mention of her as a writer.  Perhaps to rectify that absence and to honor her as England’s most-read author, the Bank of England issued last September a new £10 note featuring her portrait and this quotation from Pride and Prejudice:  “I …

Beginning again 

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On a recent Monday when I went out for a walk, I decided to take the paths in Wisdom Prairie. I feel as if I know intimately the paths around the lake, past the gardens, through the woods and out into the North Mendota Prairie unit. I said to myself, “I need to find my way in the new prairie.” I’ve walked the trails in Wisdom Prairie a few times and helped to seed sections of it, but I don’t know it as well as I know the rest of the grounds. Walking the land is often a time of …

November phenology (Beaver Moon)

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By Sylvia Marek Phenology is a science focused on observing and recording biological events from year to year and their relationships to the change of seasons and climate. These are the “normal” phenology events we expect to see here and in the Madison area in November. We would love to hear about what you are seeing on the grounds of Holy Wisdom Monastery. Please comment on this post with what you are observing, where at Holy Wisdom and the date you observed the event. Peak bald eagle migration Peak sandhill crane migration Geese migration Coots, tundra swan, bufflehead, loons and …