A Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

Now, on the fourth Sunday of Advent, we finally come to the Christmas story. But to understand today’s gospel it is worth taking a moment to think about the gospel that was read earlier this week (on December 17th). Last Tuesday we heard the verses that lead up to the story of how Jesus came to be born and they make for interesting reading as they present to us the genealogy of Jesus.

A Reflection for the Third Sunday of Advent

We call it Gaudete Sunday – Rejoice Sunday – and in the darkness of an Irish December you can see the wisdom of taking time to enumerate reasons to be happy! However, John the Baptist in today’s Gospel certainly isn’t leading by example. He is in prison, alone and having doubts about what God is doing. He appears to be wondering, have I got it wrong?

A Reflection for the Second Sunday of Advent

What are we to make today of dreamers? What do we think of people who genuinely believe that the world doesn’t have to be the way it is and who assert that change is possible. The use of the word “dreamer” gives it away – we are tempted to dismiss them. They simply aren’t living in the real world. What if we change the word to “prophets” – what are we to make of them? Two key advent figures, both prophets (or dreamers!) share their wisdom with us today.