Are you really happy?
This week let us pray for the grace to play our part in building the kingdom of God here on earth.
‘Christ the prophet’
This week let us pray for the gift of trust in God’s love.
Following Jesus’ own use of words from the prophet of Isaiah in last week’s Gospel, the readings for this Sunday bring us to consider the rejection faced by God’s prophets
‘Your words are spirit, Lord, and they are life’
We are not alone as we pray as we belong to a living, transforming community of believers united by our baptism.
Weddings are a feature of this Sunday’s readings. In the first reading, Isaiah uses the imagery of a wedding to describe the deep love of God for his people, while Jesus performs his first miracle at the wedding at Cana.
Today, 1st January 2022, marks the end of the Christmas season, as we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord. It heralds the beginning of Jesus’s public mission: the work of teaching, preaching and healing. God’s great love and mercy offer salvation to all through Jesus, by the gift of the Holy Spirit.
In the lead-up to Christmas and the weeks immediately after we reflect on the environment and the challenges of climate change. As we ponder the scriptures on Christmas Day, Feast of the Holy Family, Feast of the Epiphany (2 January) and the Baptism of the Lord (9 January), let us keep in mind our need to care for our common home.
‘Blessed is the fruit of your womb!’
We journey through these last days of Advent in Mary’s company.
The Lord is near: Rejoice!
How do I prepare for the coming of the Lord this Christmas?
This Third Sunday of Advent is often called Gaudete Sunday from the first word of the Entrance Antiphon in Latin: Gaudete! – that is, ‘Rejoice!’
Prepare a way for the Lord!
Who is the Lord for me? What is he saying along the winding ways and rough roads of my life?
‘Stay awake, praying at all times’
This week spend some time each day prayerfully taking stock of how ready we are to receive Jesus.
‘Mine is not a kingdom of this world’
This week, we ask God for the grace to open our hearts and minds to the needs of those who do not yet know his voice.
‘I keep the Lord ever in my sight’
Let us pray that we will forever keep the Lord in our sight and that we be living signs of Christ’s love and forgiveness in our world.
“Happy the poor in spirit”
Let our loving actions show our care for the outcasts and the marginalised.
“And ‘to love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbour as yourself’ is worth more than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices.” (Mark 12:33)
“I will comfort you . . . and lead you back”
‘The readings this week challenge us to reflect both on the ways we might be blind, and on the gift of new vision that is freely offered.’
“Christ: Priest and suffering servant”
‘This week, through service of others, let us express our gratitude for what Christ has won for us.’
“The Word of God is alive and active”
‘Let us pray for the wisdom to help us show our love of God through the good we do each day. ’