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Second Week of Advent

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LISTEN TO THE PROPHETS

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In these weeks of Advent we hear a great deal about the prophets. The whole of Old Testament history was leading towards Christ's coming, and it is the prophets who tried to prepare His people to receive Him. Some like Isaiah, consoled the people with a vision of future happiness and peace. Others, like Elijah, exhorted them to repent and change their ways. In today’s first reading, we see how Elijah's preaching was like a torch, his words burning like fire into the consciences of his listeners.

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NEVER SAY NO TO GOD

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There is one word which every child seems to learn but which no one has to teach them. That word is "No." They say "No" to eating the right kind of food and going to bed at the proper time. It would be the easiest thing in the world for parents simply to allow their children to do whatever they want. There would be no tears, no sulks. Just think what peace! But complete permissiveness is not a sign of love. Parents who do not take the time and effort to guide their children are not caring for them properly and lovingly. Without guidance, very few children would know what is good for them.

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HOW FORTUNATE WE ARE

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John the Baptist has been called the greatest of the prophets. All the Old Testament prophets, like Elijah and Isaiah, had a vision of the future in which God would make His presence known to humanity. But their vision was incomplete. Isaiah, in today’s first reading, speaks of a time when the poor and needy will be taken care of, when rivers will water the parched land and vegetation will flourish. All this will be accomplished when "the Holy One of Israel" makes His appearance, but Isaiah has no idea when that will be. All he can do is encourage the people of Israel to trust God.

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GOD IS ALWAYS IN CHARGE OF HIS CREATION

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Is. 40:25-31 & Mt. 11:28-30

Some people who say that God created the world and went to sleep, leaving it to run all by itself. When they look around at what is happening today, at the people starving, people homeless, people at war with each other, people suffering from disease, they assume that God is still asleep and completely unconcerned. If only God would awaken and be aware of our plight!

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THE JOY OF REAL RELIGION

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We Catholics believe in God. We have accepted the moral code of Jesus and make attempts to live it. We are involved in the Church and receive her Sacraments. We can recite the Creed. Do our lives radiate gladness, that joy, that shines forth from all the pages of the New Testament? If not it seems to me that herein lies one of the major differences between the faith we profess and the faith of the early followers of Jesus.

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A BETTER WORLD STARTS WITH YOU AND ME

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Mt. 3:1-12

Nelson Mandela died in 2013. At one time he was regarded as a terrorist but he become President of South Africa. After 27 years in prison he fought tirelessly to attain equality for every person regardless of their colour or faith. But what impressed me most about this great man was his spirit of peace and reconciliation in the later years of his life.

Father Francis's picture

LISTEN TO THE PROPHETS

Liturgical Colour: 

In these weeks of Advent we hear a great deal about the prophets. The whole of Old Testament history was leading towards Christ's coming, and it is the prophets who tried to prepare His people to receive Him. Some like Isaiah, consoled the people with a vision of future happiness and peace. Others, like Elijah, exhorted them to repent and change their ways. In today’s first reading, we see how Elijah's preaching was like a torch, his words burning like fire into the consciences of his listeners.

Father Francis's picture

NEVER SAY NO TO GOD

Liturgical Colour: 

There is one word which every child seems to learn but which no one has to teach them. That word is "No." They say "No" to eating the right kind of food and going to bed at the proper time. It would be the easiest thing in the world for parents simply to allow their children to do whatever they want. There would be no tears, no sulks. Just think what peace! But complete permissiveness is not a sign of love. Parents who do not take the time and effort to guide their children are not caring for them properly and lovingly. Without guidance, very few children would know what is good for them.

Father Francis's picture

HOW FORTUNATE WE ARE

Liturgical Colour: 

John the Baptist has been called the greatest of the prophets. All the Old Testament prophets, like Elijah and Isaiah, had a vision of the future in which God would make His presence known to humanity. But their vision was incomplete. Isaiah, in today’s first reading, speaks of a time when the poor and needy will be taken care of, when rivers will water the parched land and vegetation will flourish. All this will be accomplished when "the Holy One of Israel" makes His appearance, but Isaiah has no idea when that will be. All he can do is encourage the people of Israel to trust God.

Father Francis's picture

GOD IS ALWAYS IN CHARGE OF HIS CREATION

Liturgical Colour: 

There are some people who say that God created the world and went to sleep, leaving it to run all by itself. When they look around at what is happening today, at the people starving, people homeless, people at war with each other, people suffering from disease, they assume that God is still asleep and completely unconcerned. If only God would awaken and be aware of our plight!

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