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First Week of Advent

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SHEPHERDS FOR LOST SHEEP

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The world in which Isaiah lived was not so very different from our own. He saw around him people who were in distress, suffering from the wounds and bruises which life had inflicted on them. They did not know which way to turn for comfort, but God had good news for them, which He conveyed through His prophet. He would hear their cry of distress and there would be an end to their suffering. All their wounds would be healed, and even the Earth would be blessed with abundance. God would no longer hide Himself from His people, but send a teacher to guide them.

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JESUS CAN CURE OUR SPIRITUAL BLINDNESS

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Isaiah saw a vision of the future which excited him very much. A time would come when barren land would become fertile, disabled people cured and the poor would be freed from oppressive rulers. All this would begin to happen when God’s Holy One, Abraham’s Redeemer, appeared on Earth.

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HOW TO BE A WISE PERSON

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Is. 26:1-6 & 7:21, 24-27

Our two readings today tell us how to be wise or how to remain a fool. The wise person is the one who relies on God and builds his house on rock. The foolish one relies on people and builds his house on sand.

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EVERYTHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO

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Is. 25:6-10 & Mt. 15:29-37

In this first week of Advent the world is looking forward eagerly to Christmas. You only have to walk around a shopping centre to sense the hustle, bustle and excitement. The readings of today’s Mass have caught the mood of looking to the future with joyful anticipation.

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HARMONY RESTORED

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Is. 11:1-10 & Lk. 10:21-24

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FAITH AND HUMILITY PREPARE FOR CHRISTMAS

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Is. 2:1-5 & Mt. 8:5-11

The good people of this world long for peace. If ever our world needs to read the words of Isaiah it is today. He tells us that when the Lord comes, “He will wield authority over the nations and adjudicate between many peoples; these will hammer their swords into ploughshares, their spears into sickles. Nation will not lift sword against nation, there will be no more training for war.” This can happen if we beat down our personal feelings of hatred and retaliation into love and concern; if we turn our self-seeking into generosity and service to others.

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CHRIST COMES EVERY DAY - BUT DO WE RECOGNIZE HIM?

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Mt. 24:37-44

What does Jesus mean when He tells us that His coming will be a repeat of what happened in Noah's time? The people then went about their daily lives, failing to repent and never suspecting that a flood would come and sweep them away.

By this Jesus is telling us He will come to us in the midst of everyday living when we least expect Him. He summed up this passage by saying, "Therefore, you must stand ready because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect." What is the moment we least expect Jesus?

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SHEPHERD OF THE LOST SHEEP

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The world in which Isaiah lived was not so very different from our own. He saw around him people who were in distress, suffering from the wounds and bruises which life had inflicted on them. They did not know which way to turn for comfort, but God had good news for them, which He conveyed through His prophet. He would hear their cry of distress and there would be an end to their suffering. All their wounds would be healed, and even the Earth would be blessed with abundance. God would no longer hide Himself from His people, but send a teacher to guide them.

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ENJOY LIFE TODAY

People often consider the question, “Is there life after death?” But there is another equally valid question, “Is there life before death? This I think is the emphasis of today’s Gospel. A man was taking a long journey. Before he left He assigned each servant a job and told them to stay awake for they did not know when he would return. Not only are these words a warning of the final judgement - but they are also an admonition to wake up and live the present moment.

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STAY AWAKE PRAYING AT ALL TIMES

Lk. 21:25-28, 34-36

Jesus paints a very grim picture in today's Gospel reading. He speaks of entire nations being in anguish, of authority being shaken and of people being frightened. He then tells His disciples how they are to react, 'stand erect and hold your heads high.'

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