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At Christmas we are not bystanders

Nativity, by Philippe de Champaigne (CNS photo/Philipp Bernard, Reunion des Musees Nationaux/Art Resource)

The word this week

Fourth Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 7:10-14; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-24

‘The eyes of the blind shall be opened, the tongues of the dumb sing for joy’

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Third Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 35: 1-6; James 5: 7-10; Matthew 11: 2-11

Advent summons us to the joyful hope Isaiah refused to abandon

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Second Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 11: 1-10; Romans 15: 4-9; Matthew 3: 1-12

For Christians Advent is time to bring hope to the world

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First Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 2:1-5; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:37-44

To recognise Christ as King is to surrender our lives to his service

The word this week

Christ the King: 2 Sam 5:1-3; Col 1:12-20; Lk 23:35-43

The last Sundays of the liturgical year should be a spiritual health check

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Thirty Third Sunday of the Year: Malachi 3: 19-20; 2 Thess 3: 7-12; Luke 21: 5-19

We shall not experience life in Christ as disembodied spirits

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Thirty Second Sunday of the Year: 2 Ma 7:1-2 & 9-14; 2 Thess 2:16- 3:5; Lk 20:27-38

‘What God wants most is that you should become holy’

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The Solemnity of All Saints: Revelation 7:2-4 & 9-14; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12

It is destructive to think we can deepen our relationship with God through virtue

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Thirtieth Sunday of the Year: Eccl 35:12-14; 2 Tim 4 6-8 & 16-18; Lk 18:9-14

The challenge of praying constantly

A prayerful spirit is always open to God and habitually understands itself as dependent upon his grace (Photo: CNS)

The word this week

Twenty-ninth Sunday of the Year: Exodus 17:8-13; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:2; Luke 18:1-8