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.
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.
James 3:16 – 4:3
When we allow our desire for power, or give into our jealousy or envy of others, we can forget our duties to others and the common good.
Instead, in this Sunday’s 2nd Reading, St. James demands that we examine this in ourselves – and asks us to trust in God providing what we properly ask.