A Reflection for Christmas Day

This year in my home parish we are having an exhibition of cribs, Cribs from all around the world. Along with many other people, I am looking forward to it. The build-up to this experience is a reminder that cribs are integral to the family Christmas experience. The variety of Christmas cribs offers various understandings of Jesus’ family at the time of His birth.

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?