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Without repentance during Advent the Christmas we prepare for is mere tinsel

The word this week

The Second Sunday of Advent: Is 11:1-10; Ps 72; Rm 15:4-9; Mt 3:1-12 (Year A)

The prayer for the First Sunday of Advent summons the faithful to a spirit of expectation

The word this week

The First Sunday of the Year, Is 2:1-5; Ps 122; Rm 13:11-14; Mt 24:37-44 (Year A)

Christ’s death and Resurrection have taken us out of the power of darkness and has enabled us to inherit the light

The word this week

Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King, 2 Sm 5:1-3; Ps 122; Col 1:12-20; Lk 23:35-43 (Year C)

Our faith is lived in the present, a time when we choose Christ despite opposition

The word this week

Thirty-third Sunday of the Year, Mal 3:19-20; Ps 98; 2 Thess 3:7-12; Lk 21:5-19 (Year C)

God created us not as pure spirits, but as those born into the wonder of our humanity

The word this week

Thirty-second Sunday of the Year, 2 Macc 7:1-2, 9-14; Ps 17; 2 Thess 2:16 — 3:5; Lk 20:27-38 (Year C)

Jesus showed his love for Zacchaeus before there was any sign of repentance

Zacchaeus in the Sycamore Awaiting the Passage of Jesus by James Tissot

The word this week

Thirty-first Sunday of the Year, Wis 11:22-12:2; Ps 145; 2 Thes 1:11-2:2; Lk 19:1-1 (Year C)

When we pray we seek the presence of one who knows us better than we know ourselves

The word this week

Thirtieth Sunday of the Year, Sir 35:12-14, 16-18; Ps 34; 2 Tim 4:6-8, 16-18; Lk 18:9-14 (Year C)

In the life of Jesus there was both prayer and action, and the balance between the two brought them into perfect harmony

The word this week

Twenty-ninth Sunday of the Year, Ex 17:8-13; Ps 121; 2 Tim 3:14 – 4:2; Lk 18:1-8 (Year C)

Rather than retreating from everything that is ‘outside’ what makes us comfortable, let us concentrate on the need that makes us one with strangers

The word this week

Twenty-eighth Sunday of the Year, 2 Kings 5: 14-17; 2 Timothy 2: 8-13; Luke 17: 11-19 (Year C)

It is refreshing to discover that the Apostles, no less than ourselves, were only too aware of faith’s fragility

The word this week

Twenty-seventh Sunday of the Year, Hb 1:2-3; 2:2-4; Ps 95; 2 Tm 1:6-8, 13-14; Lk 17:5-10 (Year C)