THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
John the Baptist, the greatest among the prophets, the witness speaking for the light! The light, Christ, is already present among the people but He has not been recognised yet. The expectation for a Messiah is high and so the eagerness to see the signs of his presence is mounting. John lives in a strange way, in the wilderness, his voice calling to conversion is heard everywhere. Maybe he is the one?
SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
“Since everything is coming to an end (the Day of the Lord), you should be living holy and saintly lives.” (2 Peter 3,11)
For most people Advent means preparation for Christmas. Christmas of course means the coming of Christ, the coming of Jesus. But, again, Christmas brings to mind – for most, primarily – celebrations, decorations, gifts, lots of entertainment…
FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
As a conclusion of his apocalyptic predictions (Mc. 13, 1 – 32) and of his invitation to be aware of what is happening around us, Jesus’ teachings concentrate on something very practical for His listeners: vigilance. We are at the first Sunday of Advent and the Church directs our consideration to the coming (Adventus in Latin) of the Lord that we have to expect as people who are vigilant.
CHRIST THE KING SUNDAY
We celebrate today the solemnity of Jesus Christ King of the Universe. It is also the end of the liturgical year A. The readings proposed to us by the church invite us to reflect on the relationship between each one of us and the needy in our society. This relationship is guided by principles of charity, care and attention to the needy and it is guaranteed by Christ the King who will ask for an account on how each person managed that relationship. And so what is Jesus’ kingship? What are his laws? And finally, what are the implications for us today?
33rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
It’s interesting to notice how many times the verb to “entrust” is repeated in the Gospel of this 33rd Sunday year A. To all the servants, the master entrusts his property. It’s all about trust and confidence because then the master went way. He left them free to make use of the talents received as they wish. Here appears the first good news for us from this Gospel: God, the true Master has confidence in every one of us. He wants all of us to be part of his business, his kingdom. And in his generosity, no one is unfortunate. No one is left with empty hands. As the servants of the parable, each one of us has been entrusted according to his ability (Mt 25: 15).
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
As we are approaching the end of the liturgical year, the readings of this Sunday begin to draw our attention to the eschatological dimension of our faith, our Church: the Parousia of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Sunday Gospel in particular is a lovely story and yet rich of meaning and symbols. Very often we read the story of the wedding feast as an image of the heavenly banquet. This image immediately captures the idea of Joy, love, and total union with the Lord as the fullness of our faith. The arrival of the bridegroom which is followed by great joy, jubilation and union is an unpredictable event, beyond calculation and it might take us by surprise. Thus, the fundamental attitude is to stay awake.
My Dear Young People,
I am pleased to announce that in October 2018 a Synod of Bishops will take place to treat the topic: "Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.” I wanted you to be the centre of attention, because you are in my heart. Today, the Preparatory Document is being presented, a document which I am also entrusting to you as your "compass” on this synodal journey.