From the evening Jorge Mario Bergoglio stepped onto the balcony of Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome after his election, we learned that the pontificate of Pope Francis was to be focused on the care of and outreach to "the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick, the imprisoned" (Mt 25:35-36). Even in the choice of artist for the Holy See's commemorative postage stamps for Christmas, it is an inmate from Milan's Opera Prison, Marcello D'Agata, who communicates the hope which Christ brings by becoming one with us.
Emergence: // as defined by living the Advent journey:
1. to connect/in a process of becoming/releasing into presence
2. to act as one body in reaching new frontiers
3. to live more humanly/[from the root] to create silence
4. to move together toward E (mmanuel)
Regifting is a perennial joke, a computer meme, a humorous tradition of white elephant gift exchanges. The ugly sweater passed on to a cousin; the knickknack recycled next Christmas to an unsuspecting friend or colleague. Our world sometimes appears divided between passionate fruitcake lovers and those who circulate images of fruitcakes creatively repurposed.
The Light is increasing
In the beginning was the Word (the Christ). Then the Word (Christ) became manifest in the outer world. Let there be LIGHT!