31st December 2023  (Year B – Christmas 1)  “Do You See What I See”
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31st December 2023 (Year B – Christmas 1) “Do You See What I See”

Interpretation – people interpret the same things in different ways.

Our brains can read all the words but our hearts need to also be involved in interpretation and action.

Christmas – the birth of Jesus was a promised fulfillment for the world.

Simeon’s promise was fulfilled when he was able to name ‘Jesus’.

24th December 2023  (Year B – Advent 4)  “The Extraordinary Ordinary”
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24th December 2023 (Year B – Advent 4) “The Extraordinary Ordinary”

Giving birth is an ordinary process for women all over the world – maybe for some it is more vulnerable and risky.

Through the birth of this baby the world would be turned on its head,
God enters irrevocably and extraordinarily into human history to show the way of God in the world. The ‘Good News’ is that God continues to be with us in our joys and struggles.

17th December 2023  (Year B – Advent 3)  “What would John do?”
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17th December 2023 (Year B – Advent 3) “What would John do?”

John the Baptist may seem to be an odd character to be the one pointing to Jesus as ‘The Light’.

He came to tell people to pay attention and recognise who Jesus was, tell the story of the coming Messiah and to worn them to be ready!

Our mission is also John’s mission – in preparing for Christmas – ‘What would John do?’

10th December 2023  (Year B – Advent 2)  “Beyond the Glitter to the Gold”
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10th December 2023 (Year B – Advent 2) “Beyond the Glitter to the Gold”

Mark’s Gospel makes no mention of a baby in a manger, shepherds or angels.

In Mark we are introduced to the grown up, ready to act Jesus.

Be revitalized by knowing this Jesus, attuned to our darkness of despair, disbelief and aching loneliness that affects many humans today. This is where we find the ‘Gold’ without the ‘Glitter’.