Day 15: Dogfish Head Midas Touch

About the Beer: Dogfish Head Brewery is located in Milton, Delaware. Dogfish Head is known for making inventive beers, and releasing those beers in a themed series! Midas Touch is the first beer in their Ancient Ales series. This sweet yet dry beer is made with ingredients found in 2,700-year-old drinking vessels from the tomb of King Midas. Somewhere between beer, wine, and mead, Midas will please the Chardonnay and beer drinker alike! For more information on Dogfish Head brewery check out there website: dogfish.com.

Each Beer Advent I make sure to include a beer from Dogfish Head. Dogfish is my favorite brewery…hands down. Part of it is nostalgia, as I have great memories drinking their inventive (weird) beers, part of it is that I really like their beer, and the other part is that I greatly appreciate their motto: “Off-centered beer for off-centered people”. Regardless, enjoy tonight’s Ancient Ale and remember that beer is an ancient drink!

Advent Reflection: Growing up as an evangelical I have never had much of a study or focus on Mary, the mother of Jesus. She certainly plays a huge role in our Christian faith and is key to the Nativity Story. I greatly appreciate this reflection from Fr. Richard Rohr in “Preparing for Christmas: Daily Meditations for Advent”.

We tend to manage life more than just live it. We are all overstimulated and drowning in options. We are trained to be managers, to organize life, to make things happen. That is what built our culture. It is not all bad, but if you transfer that to the spiritual life, it is pure heresy. It is wrong. It doesn’t work. It is not gospel. We might be economically rich but not rich spiritually. If Mary was trustfully carrying Jesus during this time, it is because she knew how to receive spiritual gifts, in fact the spiritual gift. She is probably the perfect image of how fertility and fruitfulness break into this world.

We can’t manage, maneuver or manipulate spiritual energy. It is a matter of letting go and receiving what is being given freely. It is the gradual emptying of our attachment to our small self so that there is room for a new conception and a new birth. There must be some displacement before there can be any new “replacement”. Mary is the archetype of such self-displacement and surrender. If Jesus is the symbol of the gift itself and how God gives the gift, then Mary is the symbol of how the gift is received and treasured. Whatever God gives is always experienced as totally unearned grace and never as a salary, a reward, or a merit badge of any sort. In fact, if you do experience it that way, it is not from God and will not expand your heart, mind, or soul.

There is no mention of any moral worthiness, achievement or preparedness in Mary, only humble trust and surrender. She gives us all, therefore, a bottomless hope in our own little state. If we ourselves try to “manage” God, or manufacture our own worthiness by any performance principle whatsoever, we will never bring forth the Christ but only ourselves. Mary does not manage, fix, control or ‘perform’ in any way. She just says, “yes!”

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