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Advent 4 – Son of David Son of God

Reflections on the Readings for Sunday 22 December 2013 Isaiah 7:10-14; Psalm 24:1-6; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-24  (Find the readings here.) The Old Testament prophets are often read simply as foretellers of Jesus’ coming. We sell ourselves short if we … Continue reading

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Advent 3 – The Desert Blooms

Reflections on the Readings for Sunday 15 December 2013 (Third Sunday of Advent) Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10; Psalm 146:6-10; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11 (Find the readings here.) What does God-among-us look like? For Isaiah it is flowers blooming in the desert. … Continue reading

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Advent 2

Reflections on the Readings for Sunday 8 December 2013 (Second Sunday of Advent) Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17; Romans 15:4-9; Matthew 3:1-12 (Find the readings here.) Isaiah spoke his hopeful words at a time of national crisis. The … Continue reading

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Advent 1 – watching and waiting

Reflections on the Readings for Sunday 1 December 2013 (First Sunday of Advent) Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:37-44 (Find them here) The first day of Advent is the first day of the Church year. Advent is a … Continue reading

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The Visitation

Reflections on the Readings for Sunday 23 December 2012 Micah 5:1-4a; Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45 Christmas reminds us that God is at work in the most unlikely places. Bethlehem, birthplace of David and of Jesus, had … Continue reading

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Joy

Reflections on the Readings for Sunday 16 December 2012 Zephaniah 3:14-18a; Isaiah 12:2-6; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:10-18 At Christmas time we celebrate Emmanuel, God with us, the Lord in our midst. John the Baptist tells the people how to prepare … Continue reading

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The King who was coming is still coming

Reflections on the Readings for Sunday 2 December 2012 Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25:4-5, 8-10, 14; Advent is the time for getting ready for the mystery of Christmas. But it is also a time for waiting for God in Christ to … Continue reading

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