Holy Family 2019

What is it about the innocence of children who speak the truth and try to tell those in leadership that they are naked are so disturbing? A recent example is that of Greta Thunberg rubbished by the likes of people like Donald Trump. We have also witnessed politicians here in Australia chastise schoolchildren who, instead of going to school for a day, schooled the adults of this world, those in power, that they are losing power when they fail to act on the main issues of the day such as the climate emergency.

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Fourth Sunday of Advent Year A

Today’s gospel reveals a shift. It focuses not on the end times but on the lead up to Jesus’  birth and Joseph’s reaction to the announcement of Mary’s pregnancy. Whenever something new is to happen in the scriptures, we hear the words, “Do not be afraid.” We are called to be open to God in changing times, as was Joseph, Mary. ‘Do not be afraid’ when Jesus is about to be born, when the resurrection is revealed, when the Holy Spirit is celebrated. Fear has become increasingly a guest on our national table and disguised as ‘national security’.

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Reflections for Third Sunday in Advent Year A

‘My constituency is the desperate, the damned, the disinherited, the disrespected, and the despised?’

Rev Jesse Jackson

 

Isaiah invited us last week to imagine a different world and a different way of being together by using images of a world restored. Pope Francis keeps referring to a ‘culture of encounter’. Advent’s vision of a peaceable realm is not just about a lion and lamb together, but about seemingly more unimaginable – people living justly and peacefully together and in harmony with creation.

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Reflections for Second Sunday of Advent December 8, 2019

We are being prepared to bring God into our hearts, lives and world. We are being prepared for the coming of the One who reveals God’s priorities which are different to those of the world’s rulers.  Something powerful happened when God became flesh who in Jesus hit the streets, especially those of the poor. Jesus’ mission in bringing ‘good news to the poor’ and identifying with ‘the least of these’ was expressed in nonviolent living: turning the other cheek, practicing  humility, going the extra mile, putting away their swords, loving one’s including one’s enemies in order to usher in ‘peace on earth, good will toward all’.

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Reflections for the First Sunday in Advent December 1, 2019

Can we dare to hope for something better than what many politicians, advertisers and social media offer us? Isaiah offers a hopeful vision for peace and justice among the nations: ‘They shall beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks; one nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war or learn war again.’  He is not describing the end of time when God will draw all people to himself, but it is meant for us today.

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