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Sunday 23 December 2018: Fourth Sunday of Advent

Mary visits Elizabeth.  Image courtesy of Wikimedia CommonsWhy should it happen that I am honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord?

...Our Gospel reading recalls Mary's actions after the announcement of Jesus' birth by the angel Gabriel. Mary goes to visit Elizabeth, her cousin, who is also with child. Elizabeth greets Mary with full recognition of the roles that they and their unborn children will play in God's plan for salvation. If we were to continue to read the verses that follow in Luke's Gospel, we would hear Mary respond to Elizabeth's greeting with her song of praise, the Magnificat. Both women recall and echo God's history of showing favour upon the people of Israel...

Read more at Sunday Connection, Loyola Press, A Jesuit Ministry | Image of The Visitation by artist Philippe de Champaigne [Public domain]

A message from our Parish Priest

Dear Parishioners

The feast day of Jesus’ birth is coming very close. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a blessed Christmas, a peaceful and happy New Year. Thank you for being faithful to God. Your faith helps strengthen my faith and, I am sure, the faith of many people. Thank you for your generous support of our parish. May God bless you all.

Yours faithfully

Nguyễn Viết Huy SJ
Parish Priest

 
The Lord is near, rejoice! PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 16 December 2018: Third Sunday of Advent

Joy!What, then, must we do?

...Traditionally, the liturgy of the Third Sunday of Advent overflows with the theme of the joy of believing. This is one of Luke’s favourite themes, and the gospel reading’s reference to the ‘feeling of anticipation’ John’s preaching aroused, and his foretelling of the Lord who ‘will baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire’ chime in with this theme. Clearly, our liturgy’s other readings have been chosen with this tradition in mind. ‘I want you to be happy, always happy in the Lord’, Paul writes to the Philippians; and he recommends practical ways that lead to authentic happiness ‘in the Lord...

Extract by John Thornhill sm - read more at The Emmaus Series | Image courtesy of pexels.com

 
John, a man of the desert PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 09 December 2018: Second Sunday of Advent

St John the BaptistAll people shall see the salvation of God

...John the Baptiser is a prominent figure in the liturgies of Advent. After a long period in which the voice of the prophets was not heard, the Lord’s Precursor – praised by Jesus as ‘more than a prophet’ (Mt 11:9) – made his appearance. Luke’s introducing of John is dramatic and skillful. Situating John’s heralding in the midst of the real world’s history, he names contemporaries who foreshadow the tragic conflict that is soon to be enacted – Pilate who will authorize Christ’s death, the petty rulers of the nation under occupation, the high priests whose hostility seals the fate of Jesus. But the gloom of this introduction gives way immediately to the vision of hope and promise that inspired John’s mission. The Baptiser – remembered as a man of the desert – is presented as inaugurating a new Exodus for God’s people, as foretold by the prophet Isaiah...

Extract by John Thornhill sm - read more at The Emmaus Series | Image courtesy of pixabay.com

 
Stay awake, praying at all times PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 02 December 2018: First Sunday of Advent

Your redemption is near at hand

PrayingThe Church begins its new liturgical year with a season of hope. Advent time – when we look forward to the celebration of the birth of the world’s Saviour – has produced liturgies filled with joy and expectation. Advent’s liturgies also look forward to Christ’s ‘Second Coming’, to gather all things into the final Kingdom of God. The liturgy nourishes our faith in the Lord, risen and triumphant. His birth, which we look forward to celebrating, will not take place again. We remember it as the dawning of the final moment of God’s eternal plan, a dawning full of promise for the whole of creation. This fundamental theme of Christian faith and hope - encouraging us to look forward to a ‘new heaven and new earth’ - has been obscured in recent centuries. For sincere believers, expectation of ‘the end of the world’ should convey far more than the uneasiness and dread it so often arouses...

Extract by John Thornhill sm - read more at The Emmaus Series | Image courtesy of pexels.com

 
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