Wonder what happened to wonder?

Behold the wonder of this most Holy night. A baby is born in a stable to a poor family. Choirs of angels sing in perfect and magnificent harmony to celebrate. Shepherds working the night shift outside Bethlehem city leave their flocks to tend to themselves as they go find this child. Tonight is the night to be stilled by the deep wonder of it all. 

John Sends us to Jesus

Today was Gaudete Sunday. Our Gospel passage from Matthew 11 presents us with John in a dark place - death row in Herod’s prison. Hardly a scant trace of joy to be found. John sends his disciples to Jesus to ask him, “Are you the One who is to come or should we wait for another?”  What’s this about? Are those dark prison walls getting to him? Is John disappointed in Jesus? Is he doubting Jesus? Is he thinking, “Was I wrong about you, Jesus?”