Newsletter 6th December 2020 – 2nd Sunday of Advent
Well … Advent sneaked up on us and I suspect Christmas will do the same. In other years on this, the Second Sunday of Advent, we would be celebrating the Feast of St. Nicholas.
He was bishop of Myra, in Lycia (now part of Turkey) and died about the middle of the fourth century. He has been venerated throughout the Church, especially since the 10th century. Because of his help to the poor he is the patron saint of pawnbrokers, whose insignia of three golden balls represent the three purses of gold he is said to have given secretly to a poor man who could not afford dowries for his three daughters.
The saints are always with us to help and guide: they are gifts to and from God and each Advent has two John-the-Baptist Sundays, the first when we see John preparing a community for the Messiah, the second when he points out Jesus as the Lamb of God. Today is the first of these. John chose a point where the busy road from Jerusalem to the East crossed the Jordan River. There he button-holed all the busy financiers, merchants and other travellers and tourists, warning them to change their ways – and to change them now, before it was too late. ‘I am too busy’, no doubt they said, ‘I have other things to worry about; I have a wife and family to feed.’
John was forming a community of repentance, but not so much a community which wept ‘Boo-hoo!’ about their sins, as a community of people determined to set their scale of values right. He meant them to stop going in one direction, to turn round and go in a different direction.
Do we give ourselves a moment of pause to ask whether we have our priorities right? Where on our list of priorities does the entry of Christ into our lives come? This is the Advent message which prepares us for the coming of the Christ child with whom we should grow … every day of the year.
First Holy Communion:
Thank you to the Catechist who have done so much in such difficult times to prepare the children for their First Holy Communions. This great event in their lives will take place over the next few weeks so that they can all join with us in properly celebrating Christmas. What a magnificent present: the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ
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