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Dec 09, 2022

Although Advent is seen as a season of repentance, just like Lent, it would be a hard heart that doesn’t start to get excited at the anticipation of the arrival of Christmas and all that entails. We have so many things to be thankful for, even with the difficult times that we currently find ourselves in. But how can we be a blessing to others?

Prayer can do many things but, as Pope Francis said, “There is no prayer in which Jesus does not inspire us to do something”. Our faith in Jesus is seen in our actions and I would like to ask you to think about how your Christmas might help others.

How can we make Christmas happy for others because of us? Happy in body, with enough food for every family, happy in mind that we know the truth of God’s coming into the world, and happy in forgiveness, as that is one of God’s greatest gifts.

Go on, spread the love.

Rev’d Mark

Readings for Sunday 11th Dec (3rd Sunday of Advent)

Isaiah 35: 1-10

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad,

   the desert shall rejoice and blossom;

like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly,

   and rejoice with joy and singing.

The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,

   the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.

They shall see the glory of the Lord,

   the majesty of our God.

Strengthen the weak hands,

   and make firm the feeble knees.

Say to those who are of a fearful heart,

   ‘Be strong, do not fear!

Here is your God.

   He will come with vengeance,

with terrible recompense.

   He will come and save you.’

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,

   and the ears of the deaf unstopped;

then the lame shall leap like a deer,

   and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy.

For waters shall break forth in the wilderness,

   and streams in the desert;

the burning sand shall become a pool,

   and the thirsty ground springs of water;

the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp,

   the grass shall become reeds and rushes.

A highway shall be there,

   and it shall be called the Holy Way;

the unclean shall not travel on it,

   but it shall be for God’s people;

   no traveller, not even fools, shall go astray.

No lion shall be there,

   nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it;

they shall not be found there,

   but the redeemed shall walk there.

And the ransomed of the Lord shall return,

   and come to Zion with singing;

everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;

   they shall obtain joy and gladness,

   and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

Matthew 11: 2-11

When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offence at me.’

As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: ‘What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind? What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who wear soft robes are in royal palaces. What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written,

“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,

   who will prepare your way before you.”

Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

Readings for the week

Monday 12th – Psalm 25: 3-8, Matthew 21: 23-27

Tuesday 13th – Psalm 34: 1-6, 21-22, Matthew 21: 28-32

Wednesday 14th (St. John of the Cross) – Psalm 85: 7-end, Luke 7: 18-23

Thursday 15th – Isaiah 54: 1-10, Luke 7: 24- 30

Friday 16th – Isaiah 56: 1-3, 6-8, John 5: 33-36

Saturday 17th – Genesis 49: 2, 8-10, Matthew 1: 1-17