A Reflection for the Feast of the Holy Family

Recently Pope Francis quoted the well-known African proverb, it takes a village to raise a child. He then asks the question, ‘but where do we find the village today?’ The answer to this question will depend on many people but we can be sure that families are building-blocks in any village. The readings today in simple terms offer us a vision of family and community. In these sacred stories we distil an understanding of family. The Scripture today defines family not in terms of literal definition but in terms of a vision for family where loving and heartfelt relationships are central to the experience.

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.