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Reflections

A Reflection for the Feast of the Epiphany

Some years ago, I had the privilege of working with the Spiritan initiative for asylum-seekers in Ireland (SPIRASI). Given the geographical situation of Ireland, most of the clients come to us from the east. Like the magi in the gospel, they too are on a quest. 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 the Second Sunday of Christmas

So, it is 2020! A new year, a new start for a new decade. But what’s new in the world – we might be tempted to go down the line of saying it’s the “same old, same old”. However, today’s Scripture reminds us that the new calendar year is still very much in the liturgical season of Christmas – we are still giving time to the mystery of God with us! To unravel that mystery or rather to live it well, being immersed in it, perhaps 2020 offers us a way in.

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.

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?