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First Sunday of Advent 2017

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Gospel Reflection for the 1st Sunday of Advent Year B – December 3rd 2017


Mark 13:33-37


The gospel highlights that we can miss the master of then house because we do not know when he is coming.  We know when the ‘master of the house’ is coming and still we can miss him! Christmas can pass by many of us and we have little time for the main event and people of the mystery.Or we can hit it in spots. Christmas itself is so busy and often with very worthwhile events for the family. So the four weeks we begin today can ensure we don’t miss it.

We are all ’the work of your hand’ as the first reading ( Isaiah 63:16-17; 64:1. 3) reminds us. God is all the time at work, creating us. It’s not that he made us, and then left us. It’s not love at a distance. God is present within us and without. Christmas will be the time of recalling this.

This presence is a joy for all people, not just for Jesus’ own family, the Jewish people. The coming of Jesus reminds us of this universal love, for those within our circle and those of other races, colours and opinions.

It is a time of thanks, as in the second reading (Corinthians 1:3-9): ‘thanking God for all the graces you have received through Jesus Christ’. As we watch and wait for Christmas, we can make a prayer of thanks to God each day, for our faith and for the love we find and give in life.

Help me Lord, to notice you in all the love and faith in my life.

Donal Neary SJ


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Fr Donal Neary SJ is editor of the Sacred Heart Messenger

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