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.

A Reflection for the First Sunday of Advent

A new start, a new gospel and – liturgically speaking – a new year! This may not where most of us are at as we think about the first Sunday of Advent. The commercial world began the mad rush of preparation for Christmas many weeks ago but today, as we gather, our Church invites us into an altogether different waiting space. We await the God who comes, and it seems that the Scriptures tell us that, to do that well, first and foremost we need to wake up! That may be easier said than done. It is winter after all and we are in hibernation-mode.