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Advent Moments: Week 4, Wed, Christmas Eve

Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Advent Christmas Eve: 24-12-14  Gospel: Luke 1: 79 By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death Reflection:    In the shadow of death Millions live literally in the shadow


Advent Moments: Wk 4, Tues

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent 23-12-14 Gospel: Luke 1:57 ‘The time came for Elizabeth to give birth and she bore a son.’ Reflection:               Loving what we create   We value what we create: a photo, a work of art,a room,  the garden. We value the love we create


Advent Moments: Week 4, Mon.

Monday of the Fourth Week of Advent 22-12-14  Gospel: Luke 2:53 He has filled the hungry with good things,  and sent the rich away empty. Reflection:    Tears of God God suffers in the suffering of people who are hungry and who suffer in other ways. The prophets spoke about the tears of God when God looked at


Advent Moments: Week 4, Sunday,

Sunday of the Fourth Week of Advent 21-12-14   Prologue Mary heard the word of God, she pondered it in her heart. But she is to be numbered among those who are blest because they not only hear the word of God but keep it and put it into practice (cf Lk 11:28). The Advent


Advent Moments: Week 3, Sat,

Saturday of the Third  Week of Advent 20-12-14 Gospel: Luke 2.38 Here am I the servant of the Lord, let it be done to me according to your word. Reflection: Goal in Life      The goal in our lives gives us a purpose and a meaning in life. Without it, we are lost. We  get lost


Advent Moments: Week 3, Friday

Friday of the Third  Week of Advent 19-12-14 Gospel: Luke 1:15 Even before his birth, he will be filled with the Holy Spirit Reflection: Carrier of God    Each one of us is loved from ‘before our birth’. As we follow the Lord Jesus in the days before his birth, we know that Mary is carrying one


Advent Moments : Week 3, Thurs

Thursday of the Third  Week of Advent 18-12-14 Gospel: Matthew 1:21 ‘She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.. Reflection: Reaching out     Have you ever seen someone trying to reach someone out of their  reach? They really stretch the arm to its


Advent Moments: Week 3, Wed

Wednesday of the Third  Week of Advent 17-12-14 Gospel: Matthew 1:1 ‘An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Reflection: Waiting in Hope     The people of Israel waited for years. The gospel lists generations and ancestors. Did they tire of waiting, as we may do sometimes? We


Advent Moments: Week 3,Tuesday

Tuesday of the Third  Week of Advent 16-12-14 Gospel: Matthew 21:32 ‘For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him but the tax-collectors and prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did no change your minds and believe him ‘ Reflection: Openness to Faith     Jesus


Advent Moments: Week 3, Mon,

Monday of the Third  Week of Advent 15-12-14 Gospel: Matthew 21:28 I tell you, the tax collectors and prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. Reflection: Beyond Words Jesus has always looked beyond words to how people act. He judges on people’s desires to do good and to be good. He


Advent Moments: Week 3, Sun

Sunday of the Third  Week of Advent 14-12-14 Prologue 3 The Dominican, Timothy Radcliffe quotes Pascal, I have discovered that the unhappiness of human beings comes from just one thing; not knowing how to remain quietly in a room. Radcliffe insists on the importance of silence so that we may be ready to be surprised


Advent Moments: Week 2 Saturday

Saturday of the Second Week of Advent 13-12-14 Gospel: Matthew 7:13 ‘So also, the Son of Man is about to suffer at their hands’. Reflection: Looking into the future Isn’t it strange to know the future of a child? Each time we visit a crib of Bethlehem we can also  see the cross: ‘a babe soon


Advent Moments: Week 2, Friday

Friday of the Second Week of Advent 12-12-14 Gospel: Matthew 11:18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say ‘He has a demon’; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard’ Reflection: Sign of Contradiction   Some people could never be satisfied with Jesus. If


Advent Moments: Week 2, Thursday

Thursday of the Second Week of Advent 11-12-14 Gospel: Matthew 11:15 Listen, anyone who has ears! Reflection: Jesus’ attractive Words Jesus had just compared John the Baptist to Elijah and had upset his hearers. Much of what Jesus says in the gospel is disturbing. There are times we don’t want to hear words like ‘Forgive


Advent Moments: Week 2, Wednesday

Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent 10-12-14 Gospel: Matthew 11:28 ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest Reflection: Secrets that burden All of us carry secrets which can burden us. There is love and healing in Jesus that can be found nowhere else,


Advent Moments: Week 2, Tuesday

  Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent 9-12-14 Gospel: Matthew 18:12 ‘If a shepherd has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? .’ Reflection: Lost and Found There are times when we


Advent Moments: Week 2 Mon

Monday of the Second week of Advent :8/12/14 ********************************************** Gospel:         Luke 5:20 When he saw their faith, Jesus said, ‘My friend, your sins are forgiven you’ Reflection: Forgiveness is the presence of God  Jesus still lives on. That’s the mystery — in the birth of every child, in the need of every poor person, in the


Advent Moments: Week 2 Sunday

Second Sunday of Advent :7/12/14 ********************************************** Prologue to week 2 ‘Advent offers a space of stillness, a time of darkness, a place of waiting in expectant trust. The liturgies of Advent do not cloak our fears but unmask themso that we may face the shadows and yet proclaim our hope.’ ….Anne Thurston, A time for


Advent Moments: Week 1: Saturday

Saturday of the first week of Advent :6/12/14 ********************************************** Gospel:         Matthew 9: Jesus said ‘As you go, proclaim the good news,   ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near’ .’ Reflection: God is Near   Advent means God is close, God is near, God is on the way. People and places    are environments in which we


Advent Moments: Week 1 , Friday

Friday of the first week of Advent :5/12/14 ********************************************** Gospel:         Matthew 9    As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, shouting ‘Have mercy on us, Son of David’   Reflection: Journeying Together Nobody can make life’s journey alone. The blind men knew that, and many others who came to Jesus also felt


Advent Moments: Week 1, Thurs

Thursday of the first week of Advent :4/12/14 Gospel:         Matthew 7:2 Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock .   Reflection: Foundations in Life We look for foundations in our lives — for our decisions, our relationships, our ‘way


Advent Moments: Wk 1, Wed

Wednesday of the first week of Advent :3/12/14 Gospel:          Matthew 15:3 1 Great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the mute and many others, and he cured them, and the crowd was amazed when they saw the lame walking and the blind seeing, and they praised the God


Advent Moments: Week 1, Tues.

Tuesday of the first week of Advent :2/12/14 Gospel:          Luke 10:23-24 ‘Blessed are the eyes who see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.’ Reflection: After seeing Jesus


Advent Moments: Week 1, Mon

Monday of the first week of Advent 3/12/2014 Gospel   Matthew 8:11 Many will come from the east and from the west, and will eat with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. Reflection: Inclusiveness with God The heart of God is big, and the table of God is wide. All are included


Advent Moments: 1st Sun-1/12/2014

First Sunday of Advent –1-12-2014 Gospel: Mk 13:33 ‘Beware, keep alert, you do not know when the time will come.’ Reflection: Waiting for the Messenger People often say ‘my time has come’, meaning that they have no control over the time of death. It is true that in many of the biggest areas of life,


Advent Moments – Prologue

ADVENT 2014 Prologue Advent/Prechristmas times These Advent has many aspects; entertainment, gifts, cards toys, trees, home/office parties, Santa visits, reindeers, decorations, holidays, special food, buying, selling,  Christmas songs and who knows , maybe even some snow –  all in preparation for the big day . It is an extraordinary blend of cheerfulness and sadness, of

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