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Sunday 23 December

4th Sunday of Advent Micah 5:1-4; Psalm 79 (80):2-3, 15-16, 18-19; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-44a Knowing what God has done for her Often biblical women are unnamed. Elizabeth is extraordinary. Not only is she named, we are told she is from the priestly tribe of Aaron. After she becomes pregnant, her lifelong relationship with God […]

Tidying up for Christmas

There’s nothing like the prospect of visitors to get me to tidy the house. Inertia is replaced by action and the house is sparkling before I know where I am. Christmas also spurs me into action. This year, December 25 is on a Tuesday, and my preparations began a year ago on the previous Boxing […]

Looking Forward to Christmas and Beyond —

God’s plan is like a pulse of life beating away in my ‘yes’, bread-and-butter discipleship.

Sunday 10 December

Second Sunday of Advent Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11; Psalm 85; 2 Peter 3:8-14; Mark1:1-8 Prepare the way On this, the second Sunday of Advent we meet John the Baptist calling us to prepare a way for the Lord. He says someone is coming who is greater than him and he is not worthy to undo his […]

The Advent Challenge

Barbara decided she would spend Advent bringing Christmas cheer. She would try to say positive things and do positive acts that brought goodwill to her fellows. Her husband Roger didn’t quite decide, but more casually adopted a more reflective approach to preparing himself for Christmas. He would continue to take life at a slow pace […]

Sunday 3 December

First Sunday of Advent Isaiah 63:16–17, 64:1, 3–8; Psalm 801 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:33-37 Clean the house Today marks the first day of Advent and the new liturgical year. It is preparation time. We will soon welcome again into our world and into the ‘home’ of our lives, our most honoured and beloved guest. We […]

Sunday 18 December

Isaiah 7:10-14; Psalm 24; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-24 O Come Emmanuel The O Antiphons are most familiar to us in the hymn O come, O come Emmanuel. The verses of this hymn are images of Christ. We can use these images or titles as we address Christ in prayer around the table, or while lighting […]

Saturday 17 December

Genesis 49:2, 8-10; Psalm 72; Matthew 1:1-17 O Come Wisdom In this final week of Advent, the readings focus on the promise of the prophets of Israel. The Messiah is to come among us. December 17 brings the first of the O Antiphons. ‘Come, O Wisdom, teach us to walk in the paths of knowledge.’ […]

Sunday 4 December

Second Sunday of Advent Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72; Romans 15:4-9; Matthew 3:1-12 God is close When John the Baptist preached in the wilderness, his message was ‘the kingdom of heaven is close at hand. Repent, turn towards God.’ What encourages your wholehearted response to God? Let God help you fine-tune your response. God is already […]

Monday 21st December

Song 2:8-14 examining my heart in a loving way in prayer I may see God acting in my humble life so I can spontaneously feel the poetry of love. Lk 1:39-45 see again the reflection for the fourth Sunday of Advent above as it is the same text.