Two sisters know what priests and seers could not discern. In Galilean hills far from Temple Mount and palace rule... God's afoot when prophet babe kicks advent news. "Blessed are you!" is the first word out her mouth - just as it would be for that heavenly voice speaking hope to Jordan and to hungry people awaiting God on mount or plain (does it really matter if you read Matthew or Luke?). Must the powerful tumble for the lowly to be magnified? Yes, saith the Lord, who is in the business of exaltation without exploitation so that even a knocked-up peasant girl knows favor. Her little babe, born to trouble (so Psalmist sang) would drink deep of her hope, gulp down God's promise, choke on power's cruel judgment - and still he rose. Rose above the sickness by touching lepers. Rose above sin by dining with sinners (the wine was just icing on that cake). Rose above Rome and above Caesar and
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It is fitting to honor military veterans on November 11. This day was once celebrated as Armistice Day, the day when the first "Great War" came to an end in 1918. Unfortunately, the ending of that war sowed seeds for so many of the bloody conflicts that have haunted us since. Perhaps the most fitting honor we can pay to those in military service is work to bring about peace. While national service comes in many forms, we know that military service is about preparing for and engaging in warfare. Ever-present is the possibility of inflicting and receiving violence. In its very nature, military service puts people in harm's way. On this day, let us remember those who have served, and those in uniform today. May our nation honor them by using our armed forces wisely, by giving thanks for each veteran who has returned home, by caring for those who have been injured in service, and by praying for the safety of each person still on duty.