The coming of our Saviour

1st Sunday of Advent Reflection

When my father died some years ago, the light went out of my mother’s life: there was an intense longing to be reunited with him. The in-between time was almost devoid of meaning.

His life on earth was full of unselfish love and constructive, good activities in many spheres. But for the boys, his sons, there was a sense of things unfinished, of a legacy which has to be worked at before we see the really final working out of the plan of his life.

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My kingdom is not of this world

Christ the King reflection

This week marks the end of the liturgical year. Next week, with the first week of Advent, we begin the new liturgical cycle.  It is fitting that the Church concludes the liturgical year with the celebration of Christ the King. The conversation between Jesus and Pilate displays a lot of word play on the part of Jesus and quite a lot of confusion on the part of Pilate.  The confusion stems from different perceptions if what it means to be a king.

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From the Parish Priest’s desk

18 November 2012

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ

As we move towards the end of the Church’s Liturgical Year, all three readings from Scripture for this weekend invite us to reflect on the End of Time and the way we prepare for the End. Is our waiting an Expectant Waiting? That is: are we hope-filled people who live our lives in readiness for the End? Indeed, are we prepared at all times to meet the Lord when He comes?

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From the Parish Priest’s desk

4 November 2012

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ

Today’s readings highlight the importance of being a Church of the Spirit rather than a Church of the Law. LOVE is at the heart of our Christian Faith and Practice. For it is in loving God and neighbour that we fulfil ALL commandments. Also, let’s avoid the danger of over-involvement, so that there is always room to love the neighbour who turns up on our doorstep and needs our time. As one spiritual author I read once puts it: “If you are obliged to go to prayer when your brother or sister has need of herb-tea, first give them the herb-tea…”

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From the Parish Priest’s desk

28 October 2012

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ

Jesus understands that none of us is perfect. The Second Reading from Hebrews for this weekend makes it clear that Jesus identifies with the human condition. Nevertheless, despite our failings, we continue to strive to be faithful.

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