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1st Sun Advent C
Sunday 28th November 2021


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Reflection

Reflection is an essential element of our growth in Christ. As we reflect over what we have learnt and ponder it in our hearts, we come to recognise the presence of God in our lives.

This Sunday's Reflection

This Sunday’s Gospel is a challenge to us in Western society. The drunkenness and debauchery about which Jesus speaks seems almost tame compared with the present day disease of substance abuse. Add to that the depersonalised sex of pornography that is so rife. And then the chronic overindulgence epitomised by shopping. Shopping, for the sake of shopping, is regarded as a serious pastime or hobby! No, this isn’t going to be a rant about how terrible the world has become but an invitation to reflect on the root cause of these and similar things. What are people frightened of that the practice of numbing oneself to reality by demeaning oneself has become so common? Why do our youth suicide so often? When Jesus speaks of negative behaviour overtaking people it is in a world he sees as beset with horrors. In our affluent Western society, what are our horrors? Where are the causes of our fears?

I do not have the answers to these questions but I think a way towards such comes from pondering the instructions Jesus gives us. Firstly, we are to take courage from his presence in our world – even when things look bad. God is with us. Then, we are to pay attention to ourselves. So much of the worst of our society invites people to self-forgetfulness in drugs, drink, shopping etc. Jesus, however, invites us to study ourselves in order to be fully alive. This, then, entails being alert to the presence of God and praying in every season, in every situation. When we consider these actions and what effect they have within our lives, we can become conscious of the ennui that has overtaken our society. There seems to be a false belief that there is little one can do to change things and therefore one does nothing good but rather deadens the pain, the pain of not doing good. For we are made for good, we are made to be like God. In contrast, if one follows what Jesus tells us to do, the world opens out for us. With his courage, we face the challenges of our world…and we realise that every venture for good was begun by one or a few people responding to a need in a simple practical way. Be alert to what Christ can do through you!

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