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First Week of Advent

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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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Shepherds for the Lost Sheep

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

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

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

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

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

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Faith and Humility prepare for Christmas

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

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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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