Choice and freedom are central to the Annunciation story. Mary’s consent was needed. God waited.
About Dwayne Fernandes
Dwayne Fernandes is the Director of Spirituality for New Ways Ministry. He has a Master of Divinity from Newman Theological College, Canada, and a Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction Studies from Washington Theological Union, Washington, D.C. He has completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE).
Entries by Dwayne Fernandes
The magnificence of oak and its associations with life, strength, wisdom, nobility, loyalty, longevity, heritage and honor, symbolizes a God who delights in extravagant blessing.
His mission encompassed just one word: “Prepare.”
“Take a lesson from the fig tree: as soon as its branches grow tender and its leaves sprout, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things happening, you know that the Promised One is near, right at the door.” (Mark 13:28-29).
Pentecost is the day when the animated, extravagant and flamboyant Spirit of God explodes out into the streets with violent winds and a blazing fire that descends and rests on each and every person regardless of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, sex, gender, expression, gender-identity or sexual orientation.
The story of Joseph, who was sold into slavery by his brothers, can resonate with some members of the LGBTQ community who have been rejected by family and faith community, as Joseph was.
While the entire Book of Esther makes for fascinating reading, the essence of the story of Esther, especially for the LGBT community, is how fear and unease can easily force a person into a “closet.”
Each time we disclose a truth about ourselves, we part a veil. By doing so, we invite others to come into our lives and make contact with us. Parting any veil forces a degree of vulnerability and demands unimaginable trust and faith.
The scripture texts for this Third Sunday of Advent energetically shout-out the promises of hope (from despair), restoration (from destruction), liberation (from oppression) and joy (from fear) giving all a reason to proudly wear the color pink and rejoice!
This Advent season, Bondings 2.0 invites you to take a spiritual journey through guided reflections on the readings of the season’s four Sundays.
New Ways Ministry – 4012 29th Street – Mount Rainier, Maryland 20712 – Telephone: (301) 277-5674 – Email: email@example.com
Contributions to New Ways Ministry are tax-deductible under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.