First Sunday of Advent    Year C   2 December 2018

Welcome to the new liturgical year. The Sunday Gospel readings are from Luke (Year C). It is good that we begin again and that we have these four weeks trying to get our heads around what we as Christians believe…the gift of Jesus Christ. We are called to go through his life and times, not as if we were being introduced to the story for the first time; rather we take our learned knowledge and try to build on that.

I would like to suggest that an aspect of this ‘New Beginning’ is rooted in the deep Christian call to be agents of hope. When Luke was writing, there were many examples in his world of ‘awfulness’. The Romans were rampaging, signs in various places seemed ominous; some would say “worlds are ending”.  But we are here. We are a new force for good in our seemingly collapsing world.

It is not difficult to see signs of doom and destruction around us, ask the Ukrainians. Talk to the drought and fire ravaged peoples. Consider Syria. Look at the persecutions of Christians. The annual report of the agency ‘Aid to the Church in Need’ reports that 300 million Christians are subject to abuses such as violence and arrest…and we think we are hard done by!

So, from the Evening prayer of the Church for the Vigil of Advent, I offer a structure for the coming week to direct part of your prayer.

You will bring us Wisdom                     e.g. tackling sexual abuse

Understanding         e.g…….

and New vision.              e.g.  the plenary Council

Come Lord Jesus do not delay.

You will bring us Good News              e.g…………

and Power to transform our lives.    e.g.  take action in the work place

Come Lord Jesus do not delay.

You will bring us   Truth.          e.g………….

Show us the way to the Father.      e.g. read the daily Advent Scripture

Come Lord Jesus do not delay.

Born of a woman, open in our flesh the way to eternal life.     e.g. renewed roles for women

Open in our flesh the joy of life                      e.g …….

Come Lord Jesus do not delay.

I have left gaps.   You add to all the offerings and have a wonder-filled Advent.

Mons Frank

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