Advent Meditations: Friday, December 14

Psalm 31, 35  •  Isaiah 7:10–25  •  Luke 22:14–30 Join this table, if you dare. Watch Jesus gather his friends, lean in with them as he says, “before I suffer” and “I will not eat again, I will not drink again.” Join in wondering. Share a bit of the bread divided, drink from the cup … read more

Advent Meditations- Friday, December 22

<<Return to Advent Meditations page Psalms 40,54; 51; Zech. 7:8–8:8; Matt. 25:14-30; Rev. 5:6-14 “Old men and old women shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each with staff in hand because of their great age. And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets.” How’s […]

Holy Ground, Near and Far

In early June, just before I came to Seminary of the Southwest to begin here as Director of Enrollment Management, I led a group of students from the Episcopal school where I had been serving as chaplain on a study tour in Israel.  It was an incredible gift to walk alongside these mostly rising tenth […]


Psalm 146,147; Isaiah 1:1-9; Matthew 25: 1-13   Listen to the author read their meditation and prayer: The Rev. Hope Benko Advent Meditation   Advent holds a contradiction, and today’s gospel reading highlights it. Jesus says: “Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” Still, we spend this season counting down […]