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Seeing Jesus coming towards him. John said, ‘Look there is the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’ [1].  The Lord approached John the Baptist and revealed himself as the lamb of God.  Christ comes near to us and enables us to recognise him as our saviour.  Seeing Jesus is a consequence of his coming towards those whom he empowers to recognise him. To be able to say ‘look there is the lamb of God’ is a gift from the one who transforms our thinking and our speaking....
We are immersed in God. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit surround us.  The Holy Trinity made us, holds us in being and shares divine life with us. God is the frame for all that happens to us, everything we do.  At the incarnation, the Son wades into the world and sanctifies it by his presence.  Sent by the Father, he launches into redeeming us and transforming us.  The Spirit continues to float over the waters [1], sanctifying and purifying.  As soon as Jesus was...
Go and find out all about the child. And when you have found him let me know so that I too may go and do him homage [1].  Herod has no intention of doing any homage.  He wants information so that he can eliminate what he perceives to be a threat.  We too would be glad to find out all about the child.  We seek knowledge of Christ.  Unlike Herod, we are not, most of us, seeking to destroy the one about whom we would like to know more.  However, like Herod, our...
Let the message of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you [1].  In Nazareth, with Mary and Joseph, Jesus Christ was at home.  The Lord’s message first expressed itself in the holy family.  Mary and Joseph, disciples [2], treasured the words of Jesus [3].  Understanding grew in that household of faith. The authority exercised by Joseph and Mary was shaped by their coming to appreciate what it was that the Father sought from the Son [4]. In the security of family...
When Joseph woke up he did what the angel of the Lord had told him to do [1].  Advent, until the very end, is a summons to wakefulness. The coming of the Lord demands our attention. The season of preparation is an exercise in being alert to what God is doing and saying. Attentiveness to God gives rise to obedience to his commands.  Clarity about what to do accompanies the revelation of God incarnate.The Lord himself will give you a sign [2].  The long and continuing history of...
John in his prison had heard what Christ was doing [1].  The advent of the Lord makes itself known in the deepest dungeon. That the saviour is so near delights all who have been hoping for him including those who are suffering. Advent joy takes hold of us although life may be very hard.  The invitation to prepare joyfully for the arrival of Jesus addresses itself to people in all sorts of difficulties.  Like John the Baptist, they may be awaiting death in some dark, cold place...
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Into the viper’s lair the young child puts his hand [1]. The prophet Isaiah pictures a friendly child, not appreciating the danger, rummaging in the nest of a deadly snake.  In Advent the incarnation is a focus for our prayer.  God comes towards us.  How do we receive him?  Is the friendly child born in the stable at Bethlehem putting himself in great danger?  His passion and death, after all, await him.  The Son of God reaches out to us in friendship. Are we...
Fr Peter Gallagher SJ reflects on the first week of AdventThe night is almost over, it will be daylight soon [1].  Advent draws us towards the light.  Let us arm ourselves and appear in the light [2].  What is this light?  It is the light of Christ.  Let your armour be the Lord Jesus Christ [3].In the holy season of Advent we allow ourselves to be equipped not only to see the light but to live in it.  Let us walk in the light of the Lord [4]. The light of Christ...
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Remember me when you come into your kingdom [1].  In response to this request, Jesus promises a place in his kingdom. This day you will be with me in paradise [2].   Like one of the criminals [3] put to death with the Lord on Calvary we can find ourselves under Christ’s kingship this very day.  Jesus is beside us, in complete solidarity, whatever is happening to us. He is our king but not from a palace. He undergoes terrible suffering.  Yet he is far from being...
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Your endurance will win you your lives [1]. Go on quietly working [2].  Stay awake, praying at all times [3].The scripture encourages us in endurance and perseverance. We pray therefore for the constant gladness of being devoted to God [4].   Jesus calls us to constancy in our prayerful service and in our joy. If we can live in this way, the sun of righteousness will shine out with healing in its rays [5].  The warmth of God’s love will strengthen us against the troubles...

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