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December 23, 2012
"During the 25 days of Advent, 875,000 children wil die of poverty that could easily be eradicated. One child will die every 2.5 seconds. Sometime I snap my fingers every 2.5 seconds in a deadly rhythm that expesses those numbers: a child dying unneccesssarily with every snap of the fingers."
Pannell, Randall J., "The Politics of the Messiah: A New Reading of Micah 4:14-5:5," Perspectives in Religious Studies, 1988.
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"Shalom denotes liberation, salvation and survival. It is the sonsequence of justice and righteousness, not of violence and bloodshed. It is the end of coercion and fragmentation among [men]. Whereas violence beget more violence, Shalom is a time 'when all God's creation eases up on hostility and destruction and finds another way of relating.' (Brueggemann)"
"Sacrifice and submission are not popular words these days. The watchwords of a self-centered pluralistc society are rights and power. Rights are achieved through power, which means that rights are attained through conflict. Confliect is the aveneue through which we pursue what we perceive to be equite in relationships...The ways of Christ are not those of this world."
"I wonder whether Mary was looking for a way through the change. After the angel departed, his words still ringing in the air, did Mary decide it was time to take action?"