It is a wild and wet weekend in west Limerick, a night to take shelter around the fire and close the curtains against the storm of the night. Some how it seems appropriate that Advent begins in darkness and storm, a reminder to us that we live buffeted by the storms of life as we await the coming of the Lord at Christmas, the darkness of the world, of humanity in history we remember the light that broke through with the coming of Emmanuel into the world.
Advent is at our throats! Keep the season, but keep it simple.
On this weeks programme, we take a time out, a prayer moment as John and Lorraine lead us through a reflection this morning. Advent is often lost in the maelstrom that is the rush to Christmas which seems to begin earlier and earlier every year, but on the programme this morning we would like to provide a prayerful start to the holy season of Advent.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
The podcast of this weeks programme is available HERE.
Gospel - Lk 21:25-28, 34-36
Jesus said to his disciples:Reflections on this weeks gospel
“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars,
and on earth nations will be in dismay,
perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves.
People will die of fright
in anticipation of what is coming upon the world,
for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
And then they will see the Son of Man
coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
But when these signs begin to happen,
stand erect and raise your heads
because your redemption is at hand.
“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy
from carousing and drunkenness
and the anxieties of daily life,
and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.
For that day will assault everyone
who lives on the face of the earth.
Be vigilant at all times
and pray that you have the strength
to escape the tribulations that are imminent
and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Word on Fire
Centre for Liturgy
Liturgical odds & ends
Liturgy of the Hours - week 1, 1st week of Advent
Saints of the Week
November 30th - St Andrew (apostle)
December 1st - Blessed Charles de Foucauld
December 2nd - Blessed Ivan Sleziuk
December 3rd - St Francis Xavier
December 4th - Blessed Adolph Kolping (First Friday)
December 5th - Blessed Philip Rinaldi
Popes Intentions for December
- Universal: That all may experience the mercy of God, who never tires of forgiving.
- Evangelization: That families, especially those who suffer, may find in the birth of Jesus a sign of certain hope.