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.
A perfect to last Sunday’s 2nd Reading, this Sunday, we are faced with Christ, not merely as the perfect Priest, but as the Perfect Sacrifice – which forces us to reckon with what we bother with the Mass, and what the poinf of it is.
The 2nd Reading from thus Sunday invites us to consider carefully the service of Priests in the Church – and gives us reason to consider what they are: merely human leaders, or something more.
After c.2000 years of Christianity, the conception of Christ as a messenger of the peace of God is easy to understand – it seems normal. But for the first Christians and Judeo-Christians, so wee the Messiah battered and killed was unthinkable.
The Feast Day of one of our Parishes, the Feast of Corpus Chirsti, is a moment for us to realise that God is with us. But not only that, this Sunday’s 2nd Reading helps us realise that the Eucharist is the fulfillment of Old Testament Worship – where the symbols of God’s love gives way to Reailty.
Christ’s submission to the Father’s Will is the focus of this week’s (and next’s) 2nd Reading. This gives us an oppurtunity to reflect on the duty of obedience in the Church, both in everyday life, but in Marriage and Holy Orders.