Day: December 14, 2017

Third Sunday of Advent 2017

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Gospel Reflection for the 3rd Sunday of Advent Year B – December 17th 2017


John 1:6-8. 19 -28


We like to see the ‘stretch in the evenings’ which will begin happening this week. Slowly over the next few months the darkness of the day will be lightened. In a dark room we search for the switch. In religious terms we take the Easter light from the candle all year. Jesus describes himself as the light coming into the world.

We look for many ways to enlighten or give meaning to our lives: wealth, honour, achievements. Sometimes good, sometimes not so good or even evil. The light of Jesus – the light of God’s existence in love in each of us, and the call to share that light – gives a full meaning to our lives.

This time of year is also the time for many collections. Our contributions bring light to the many dark places of sheer poverty. Bl John Sullivan SJ, recently beatified used say to pupils he taught: ‘Any friend of God is a friend of the poor.’  Pope Francis links care for the poor and the light of Jesus: “Love for the poor has been the sign, the light that draws people to give glory to the Father.”

Sit for a few moments and be aware of your breathing. On the in breath welcome into your body and soul the light of God and allow it fill you. On the out breath say, ‘Come, Lord Jesus’.

Lord, may your kingdom come this time of year,

Donal Neary SJ

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Fr Donal Neary SJ is editor of the Sacred Heart Messenger

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