Palm Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week in the Church: a time of particular prayer and preparation.
This Sunday’s 2nd Reading provides a wonderful method of preparation for that – the Story of Christ in the Gospel.
For the Jews of the 1st Century, the Law of Moses was the closest God could be, and following the Law was what set the Jewish peopel apart. In this Sunday’s 2nd Reading, St. Paul tells us that the Law is not enough when Christ – God himself – has sought us out to enter into a relationship with us. Today – that means building our faith.
Philippians 3:17 – 4:1
Knowing whose example to follow as a Christian is not easy. Even within the Catholic Church there can be many different voices. In thus Weekends’ 2nd Reading, St. Paul encourages us to follow good examples, to listen discerningly, and to remember that our true home is Heaven.
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
The Resurrection is the most important event in History and Christianity – but for someone to rise from the dead, they must firstly die. That is the key feature of our 2nd Reading this Sunday – and also, it turns out, a great work of English Literature.
1 Corinthians 12: 14-11
We all have different skills and talents – we all have different roles in our families, our lives, or work places and in the Church. But St. Paul shares with us that while these are all different – and we can’t all to everything – all these work together for a common goal – God.
hesians 3:2-3A, 5-6
This Sunday invites us to think about gifts – be they from Wise Men or not. The 2nd Reading focuses on the Gift of Faith – whcih we recieve, yes, from people in our lives – but one that, ultimately, comes from God.
This Sunday is the 4th and Final Sunday of Advent and the Church, through our readings from Scripture this week guide us to consider the greatest of all the Christian Virtues – Love. But it is not always easy and Lov – ture, proper love – always invovled sacrifices of the self in favour of the other person – and that includes Love of God, love of Family and Love of Neighbour.
On Gaudete Sunday, the 3rd Sunday of Advent – we focus on Joy. This Sunday’s 2nd Readings implores us to be happy to to pray for what we need – but how can we be happy when our praye appears to be unanswered. That answer lies in Joy.
1 Thessalonians 3:12 – 4:2
HAPPY NEW YEAR! As we enter the Season of Advent, the Church invites us to ponder the virtue of ‘Hope’ – and what that word means to us as Christians in our Salvation History.
Philippians 1: 4-6, 8-11
On the 2nd Sunday of Advent, the Church asks us to reflect upon the virtue of Faith – and the 2nd Readin this Sunday gives us a way yo do that, by showing the fundemental important of Love in true faith.