Newsletter for Sunday 1st December 2013

1 Dec

FIRST SUNDAY ADVENT

The beginning of the new liturgical year

“Today we begin the season of Advent, a season of grace that invites us to examine the way we live our lives and to prepare ourselves to receive the Messiah.  Advent is about letting Jesus come to us.  We do the letting and Jesus does the coming.   He is going to be born in the poverty of our situations that we may be reborn in  his  forgiving  love.

The readings of Advent open up a whole series of promises and contain powerful images that remind us of God’s unconditional love and challenge us to ‘wake up from sleep, for our salvation is closer than when we first accepted the faith’.  They open our hearts to experience the love of our God embracing us in the coming of one like us.  In today’s first reading, Prophet Isaiah exhorts us to walk ‘in the light of the Lord.’       This would mean that we need to conquer the darkness in our lives.      The darkness in us is the absence of God caused by our sins, pride and selfishness.  God our Father removes the darkness in us by sending His only Son to us.  St Paul wants us to ‘cast off the deeds of darkness and put on the armour of light’. Jesus is the light that removes our darkness.”

Let us invite Christ into our lives:  Come, Lord Jesus into my life.

To read more, click here… Newsletter 1 December 2013