New books in the library—January 2018

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! January 2018 The start of a new year is always a good time to re-evaluate ourselves and our lifestyles. Do we need to finally go on that diet or find a better way to handle stress or eliminate some of the stress factors in our lives? For a quiet place to reflect upon the year ahead, consider visiting the monastery for weekday prayer, a stroll around the grounds, spiritual guidance, or browsing the library. We hope to see you soon.  

Mexican celebrations during Advent

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Growing up in Mexico, every year around this time everyone looks forward to major festivities. The Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe is celebrated on December 12. It’s a huge celebration throughout the whole country which commemorates the appearances of the Virgin Mary to an Aztec man in the 16th century. The story is that Mary appeared to Juan Diego and sent him on a mission to have a shrine built in her honor. He hardly felt capable of achieving this task since he was an indigenous man and spoke Nahuatl, not the Spanish of the Bishop. At first the …

Scripture Commentary for December 24th (Year B)

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FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT FIRST READING Second Samuel 7: 1-11, 16 David has supplanted Saul as king of both the northern kingdom of Israel and the southern, Judah. He has captured Jerusalem, an independent city between the two Jewish states, worked out a peace with its inhabitants, and made it his capital. He has built a fortress and a palace for himself, and brought the Ark into the city. He has yet to begin building a temple. The Lord speaks to David through the prophet Nathan, allaying David’s doubts and promising that his kingdom and his “house” (his family, his …

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 …