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Nov 29 2019

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Pew Leaflet Sunday 1 December 2019

Reflection For The Week

Advent Sunday marks the beginning of the Liturgical Year. The Season marks the four Sundays before Christmas. The first two Sundays focus our attention on the second coming of Jesus as our hope, and in the prophecies of the First Covenant. The second two Sundays remind us of the preparations God made for Jesus’ birth at Bethlehem in fulfilment of those prophecies.

We are reminded that we live in the between-times, the now of salvation and the not-yet of its complete fulfilment. The themes are those of hope, and expectation for both the first and second comings of Christ. They challenge us to reconsider and engage Word and Liturgy through the revelation of Christ’s time in the midst of our time.

The world is ‘preparing for Christmas’ or ‘enjoying the Festive Season’, while the church is exploring the messianic visions of the prophets of Israel looking to the coming of Christ in glory. Only with that clearly fixed in our hearts and minds regarding the child who is to be born, can we hope to enter into the celebration of the birth of the Christ Child.

1st Advent Sunday A – 1 Dec 2019.pdf

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