FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT (B)
29th November 2020


Dear Parishioner,

Today we are entering a new liturgical season, the season of advent and we are entering into a new liturgical Cycle 'B'. The Church invites us on this first Sunday of Advent to prepare for Christ's Second Coming, first by properly celebrating during this Christmas season the fond memory of Christ's first coming 2000 years ago, second, by experiencing Christ's daily advent or coming in the Eucharistic celebrations, in the Holy Bible and in the worshipping community, and third, by preparing for Jesus' Second Coming which, for us, will happen at the moment of our deaths or at the end of the World.

In the first reading, the prophet Isaiah prays for God's active presence so that the Jewish community, returned from Babylonian exile, may remain faithful to their God. In the second reading, St. Paul prays for the reconversion of Christians in Corinth who have misused their gifts and charisms and remain ill-prepared for Christ's Second Coming.

The central theme of today's readings is Jesus' warning to us to be alert, watchful and prepared because Christ's Second Coming, coinciding with the end of the world, can occur at any time. Jesus, in today's Gospel, gives us the assurance that we need not be afraid of the end of the world, Christ's Second Coming and the Last Judgment if we remain alert and prepared. Using the short parable of the servants and gatekeeper of an absentee master who could return at any time, Jesus instructs his followers to be alert and watchful while doing their Christian duties with sincerity.

Wishing you all a peaceful and serene time. Stay safe and healthy.

SEND O LORD, HOLY APOSTLES INTO YOUR CHURCH.

Fr. Sabu Pariyadan RCJ


Notices:

Please remember to pray for:

Daily for the sick clergy of our Diocese

The sick and housebound

Those who have recently died: Luchie Marriage

Years Mind:
Sunday: Fr Francis Branney
Tuesday: Fr Bartholomew (Bart) Lynch
Wednesday: Fr James (Pat) Hannon
Friday: Christopher McIntosh
Saturday: Kate Redfern
Sunday: Fr Brian Drea


NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS - 2nd SUNDAY OF ADVENT (B)

First Reading: Isaiah 40:1-5,9-11
Prepare a way for the Lord.

Second Reading: 2 Peter 3:8-14
We are waiting for the new heaven and new earth.

Gospel: Mark 1:1-8
Make his paths straight.