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Weekly Reflections for Year of the Word

'The God who Speaks'

Sunday meditations

  

01/12

First Advent – A

Matt 24:37-44

Meditate

As we start a new Church’s year Jesus invites us to be awake and expectant. God might come in big public display, like the Flood, or in a hidden way, similar to a thief. Despite these images we should not fear destruction or things being taken away from us. Instead, God is coming to rebuild us and give us the fullness of joy if we accept him.

 

Act

Today’s message is a strong invitation to be ready and alert. Perhaps during this time of Advent you might consider spending some extra time in prayer, attentive to the presence of God in your life.

 

 

08/12

2nd Advent-A

Matt 3:1-12

Meditate

There is no Christianity without a call to change; there is no Jesus Christ without John the Baptist. What fruit are we to bear? Love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (cf. Gal 5:22-23). We do well to remember that only if we are united to Christ we can bear fruit (cf Jn 15:4)

Act

The best way of cutting the wrong fruit away and grafting ourselves to Christ is through the sacraments. Perhaps at this time before Christmas consider going to the sacrament of reconciliation.

 

 

15/12

3rd Advent-C

Matt 11:2-11

Meditate

What is the identity and mission of Jesus? What is the identity and mission of John the Baptist? Both Jesus and John find their identity and mission in passages from the Scriptures. Meditating God’s Word gives Jesus and John enlightenment and encouragement to accomplish that mission, even when it was difficult.

Act

As the mission and identity of Jesus and John the Baptist became clearer by meditating God’s Word, make it your intention to read and spend some time of silence every day with the Scriptures.

 

 

22/12

4th Advent- C

Matt 1:18-24

Meditate

Joseph is presented in the Gospel of Matthew as the silent servant of God. He is entrusted with God’s son and with Mary. Despite hesitation, he takes up his vocation to be guardian of the Redeemer. The Saviour of humankind is saved by a man, the “God-with-us” needs to be welcomed into a family.

Act

St Joseph welcomed Jesus and Mary in his life and decided to protect them. Consider how you can protect those who are in need. Perhaps supporting the Crib appeal for the Catholic Children’s Society.

 

 

29/12

Holy Family – A

Matt 2:13-15.19-23

Meditate

St Joseph is described as someone who had an open ear to the promptings of God in his life. Following the inspiration from God he travelled from place to place. Joseph carried Jesus into different places and situations, teaching his family that they should always be opened to God’s will even when it means lack of comfort or stability.

Pray

God our Father you entrusted the Holy Family to the loving care of St Joseph. Teach us, we pray, to open our lives to your inspiration in uncomplaining obedience. Through Christ our Lord.

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