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Second Thursday of Advent: Wandering through the Wilderness

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Readings: Isaiah 41:13-20; Matthew 11:11-15

Sometimes the spiritual life seems to be stuck on repeat. Again and again we find ourselves walking over familiar paths; we experience the same alienations, we repeat the same sins, we find ourselves asking the same questions and we might well be tempted to think that we're walking in circles. Read more

Second Tuesday of Advent: Jesus is to come

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Just boring. Every single year, the same Christmas tree with the same Christmas baubles and the same tinsel comes and places itself near the fireplace. And every single year, everyone is required to be happy for Christmas eve and to eat the same Christmas pudding with one's family, just because Jesus Christ comes to live among us again and again …  Read more

Immaculate Conception

Monday, December 08, 2014

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Recommended Advent videos: Made for Glory

Thursday, December 04, 2014

A friend just brought my attention to some excellent Advent-themed videos: "Made for Glory". This is another great initiative by the Archdiocese of Southwark Vocations Centre. Read more

First Wednesday of Advent: Black Friday vs Jesus' permanent offer

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

People fighting over a large TV in a box in an Asda store

Readings: Is 25:6-10A; Ps 23; Mt 15:29-37

On Black Friday, tens of thousands came, queued, and left empty-handed. Tesco, or some other outlet, offered the false hope of a cheap 52” plasma screen for all and many were left clutching at a cut-price kettle. Read more

First Tuesday of Advent: God's Pleasure

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Readings: Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 71:1-2,7-8,12-13,17; Luke 10:21-24 

Jesus’s joyful thanksgiving at the start of today’s Gospel is addressed to the seventy disciples who had returned from their mission of proclaiming the Kingdom. The words are sometimes called His “hymn of joy". Read more

First Sunday of Advent - Down to Earth

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Readings: Isaiah 63:14-64:8, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:33-37.

The readings today speak of patience, of holding fast in the certain hope of God’s unveiling at an unexpected time… but why are we waiting? Is Jesus Christ not already the complete self-revelation of the Father in human history and the personal establishment of the Kingdom of Heaven… has not God already “torn the heavens open and come down”, as the first reading has it? Despite our faith in these realities, the world—which we profess to have been definitively redeemed by Christ—seems so scourged, so manifestly unredeemed. But it can be put in another, much more personal, way: why do we Christians, we who bear the name of our redeemer, still fall into the sins of the deceiver. 

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