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We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, as the traditional caretakers of the land which is the Richmond Catholic Parish.

We acknowledge the Elders, past and present.

May we, too, be good stewards of this land.

Christmas/New Year Masses Schedule now available

Nativity sceneThe schedule of dates and times for Masses during the Christmas/New Year period is downloadable from our Mass Times page.

Please join us as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ and the coming new year.

 

The coming true light PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 17 December 2017: Third Sunday of Advent

There stands among you, unknown to you, the one who is coming after me

Waiting to be baptisedJohn the Baptist is again our Advent guide, in today’s gospel reading from John. Because he has revived the ways of Israel’s prophets he has caused quite a stir, and the authorities of Jerusalem send interrogators who ask him to give an account of himself. His selfless response is disarmingly frank: he is not the messiah; he is not one of the old prophets come back to life; he is not the New Moses of Israel’s expectations. His role is that of a herald, ‘a voice crying in the wilderness’, that announces one who stands among the crowd, still ‘unknown’ to them. The description of his witness in this passage leaves his hearers hungry to know more of the one to whom this great figure shows such reverence – a prelude to a great theme of John’s gospel, ‘the true light’ that is going to transform a darkened world.

Extract by John Thornhill sm - read more at The Emmaus Series

 
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