A Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Advent 2013

The Hovercraft was finally invented on the 11th of June 1959 and made its first voyage across the British Channel on the 25th July of that year. What was unique about it was that it had no wheels and could go over both land and water. It was not a car, a boat or a plane. The craft created a cushion of air, which could not be seen, as it glided along. The onlookers could see the craft hover above the surface but could not see the cushion of air that made it possible. Only after explanation did they come to accept the unseen power that drove the craft.

A Reflection for the Third Sunday of Advent 2013

Advent is our time for waiting and preparing for the Messiah. We are again reminded of the coming of Jesus and we are invited to prepare. In the first reading today we read from Isaiah, “Here is your God, he will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense, he will come to save you."

A Reflection for the Second Sunday of Advent 2013

This Sunday and Monday we are reminded of two of the main Advent figures. In Sunday’s Gospel we read of John the Baptist and on Monday we celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. Reflecting on the liturgy for these two days I recalled the drawing by Leonardo de Vinci of The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne and Saint John the Baptist. This picture hangs in the National Gallery in London.