Theme : Advent

Fourth Sunday of Advent 2017 | December 24th, 2017

First Reading: Second Book of Samuel:  7: 1-5, 8-12. 14. 16 Second Reading:        Romans 16: 25-27 A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke 1: 26 – 38   REFLECTION Today’s Gospel reading is the story contained in the Angelus – the story of the Incarnation – how Christ entered into our human story, and became like us in everything except our sin. It has been said that Luke’s Gospel radiates the joy of salvation: this joy flows from a confidence in God’s love and mercy. The births of John the Baptist and Jesus are announced as causes of great joy. Luke used the Gospel of Mark as a source for his account of the …

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Reflection on Sundays in Advent, Year B | December 12th, 2017

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT   “Prepare a way for the Lord. Make his paths straight.”       Mark 1:3   Mark 1: 1-8 REFLECTION: The Gospel of Mark is the shortest of the four Gospels. Reading Mark’s first words, you can sense his excitement. There is a great urgency about the text. At the time when Mark was writing his Gospel, the story seemed to be over –everything seemed to be falling apart; there was wide persecution of Christians, leading many to conclude that the end time was imminent. Following in the footsteps of the prophet Isaiah (first Reading for today’s liturgy), John the Baptist appears in the wilderness and tells us that it is time to begin to …

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Reflections on Sundays in Advent, Year B | December 12th, 2017

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT   “Be on your guard, stay awake…” Mark 13: 33-37 REFLECTION: It may seem surprising that the reading selected for the First Sunday of Advent is not taken from the earlier part of Mark’s Gospel but from Chapter 13 – a section dealing with the ‘end time’. From the literary point of view, it is one of the most elaborate and carefully constructed passages in the entire Gospel.  It is rather like a farewell speech. Yet, the contents can also be read in the context of how we are to prepare for the coming of Christ today. Despite the trials, tribulations and natural catastrophes of the present moment Mark reassures us that …

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Advent | November 29th, 2012

“And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse and a branch out of his roots; and the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him.” Isaiah 11 : 1 The symbol of the Jesse Tree comes from this passage in the Book of Isaiah.   Each branch,  each leaf is the story rooted in Scripture that tells the relationship between God and God’s people.   The symbols on the Jesse Tree represent the Bibilical family tree and christ is grafted into the family tree of Jesse the father of David.   There is a symbol for every day in Advent.   There are nineteen reflections taken from the Old Testament and …

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