Pastor's Desk: Fourth Sunday of Advent

Posted 17th December 2011 in Pastor's Desk

Welcome to Mass on our Fourth Sunday of Advent! It only feels like yesterday we were lighting the first candle on our Advent wreath and now we have the brightness of four candles. The increased brightness reminds us that our time of preparation is almost over. One of the ways we prepare for Christmas is by celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession. In this Sacrament we experience the forgiveness and compassion of God who wants us to be reconciled with Him. As a Parish Community we will celebrate our Penance Service on Tuesday evening (20th Dec) at 7.30pm in the Church. Visiting priests will be in attendance. We hope to see you then.

Looking to our readings today the central character is Mary and in the Gospel we hear all about the Annunciation, when the Angel Gabriel was sent to Mary. Mary is vital to the whole Advent journey of course because without her “Yes” to becoming the Mother of God, there is no birth of the Saviour. Some people often wonder whether Mary had a real choice. For me it is essential that she did as that is why she is the example of faith to us all. Mary made a personal decision to follow the will of the Father in her life and it was to lead her from this moment with the Angel Gabriel, to the Birth at Bethlehem, to see her son Jesus preach to her people, to the foot of the Cross and the joy of the Resurrection. Mary’s “Yes” became a reality when she said; “I am the handmaid of the Lord, let what you said be done to me”; we might reflect on those words and their significance in the remaining days of Advent. God Bless till we gather for the great Festival itself.

Fr. Eoin

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