May Jesus light in our hearts, love, hope and peace. With Mary and Joseph we rejoice in the birth of Jesus. May we welcome Christ as they did. Amen. We wish everyone a blessed, holy and peaceful Christmas.
Glory to God in the highest and peace to his people on earth. This is the night of reconciliation; let us be neither wrathful nor gloomy on it. On this all-peaceful night let us be neither menacing nor boisterous. This is the night of the Humble One, let us be neither proud nor haughty. On this day of forgiveness let us not avenge offences. On this day of rejoicings let us not share sorrows. On this sweet day let us not be vehement. On this calm day let us not be quick-temper
Today is the 4th Sunday of Advent The Lord is always faithful to his promises First Reading: 2 Samuel 7:1-5,8-12,14,16 Second Reading: Romans 16:25-27 Gospel: Luke 1:26-38 The angel’s first word to Mary is ‘Rejoice’. I may like to ponder what brings me joy. In what ways am I, or have I been, a joy to others? Mary is disturbed at first. Perhaps I can bring to the Lord those situations that are making me unsettled, afraid, uneasy at the moment. The angel says ‘Do not be afraid’
Today is the 3rd Sunday of Advent Bring Good News to the Oppressed First Reading: Isaiah 61:1-2,10-11 Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 Gospel: John 1:6-8,19-28 Today’s readings shine out with joy and hope. This is not a joyousness without responsibility. It’s a joy that is found when people find and carry out their true mission in life. Advent is a good time to reclaim our fundamental identity, our Christ-linked identity. If Jesus is to be born anywhere today, it will
Today is the 2nd Sunday of Advent Prepare a way for the Lord! First Reading: Isaiah 40:1-5,9-11 Second Reading: 2 Peter 3:8-14 Gospel: Mark 1:1-8 In the readings Isaiah speaks about the power of the Lord in a very different way. God is like a shepherd feeding his flock, gathering lambs in his arms, holding them to his breast, and gently leading the ewes who are due to give birth. This is a very tender power, a life-force of faithful and enduring love, a love that gathers and