In the weeks following Christmas, we have been invited to reflect on Jesus’s call, beginning with him being drawn out of the waters of baptism and into his missionary life. This week (in Mark’s Gospel) we see the fishermen – Peter, Andrew, James and John – respond immediately to that same call. They are drawn from the waters by Jesus to become fishers of people.
On this Sunday we reflect on the Baptism of our Lord. During the baptism there was a clear revelation and affirmation of the divine Sonship of Jesus by God the Father and the Holy Spirit. Every follower of Christ grows in to divine sonship by a conscious and con-stant transformation in and through the Holy Spirit.
May I wish you the hope, peace, joy and love of Christmas and all the blessings in the New Year.
As we look forward to Christmas, quickly approaching, today’s readings speak of God’s plans: for the House of David, for Mary, and for us.
As we draw near to Christmas, the readings for this ‘Gaudete’ Sunday are full of rejoicing. We light a pink Advent candle to focus our attention on that spirit of joy.
The call to repentance lies at the heart of the Advent season. Like the people in today’s readings, we, too, are called to a change of heart, as we long for a better world where injustice will cease.
As we begin another liturgical year, we focus on the coming of Christ. We wait for his coming in our own lives; we wait for his coming at Christmas; and we await his second coming.
Today’s solemnity of Christ the King ends the Church’s liturgical year on a high point. Perhaps, after the year we have had, we need, more than ever, to savour the full title of this feast: ‘Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe’.
This Sunday marks both the last week of Ordinary Time and the penultimate Sunday of the liturgical year, as we prepare for the Feast of Christ, King of the Universe, next Sunday. This week, I might spend some time reflecting on how best I can use the talents I have been entrusted with, so that when the time comes, I can also be called a ‘good and faithful servant’.
As we draw near to the end of the liturgical year, the readings are concerned with the end of time when Christ Jesus will return again, and God’s kingdom will reign. We are reminded to stay awake, to be ready to notice when and where God ispresent among us now. The...
Let us hold all of these members of our human family in our prayer this coming week and pray for each other, that we may awaken to our true selves as lavishly loved children of God.
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