Posts tagged Homily

Rejoice! The Lord is near

Our joy resides in the gift of the eternal promise of a new heaven and earth without tears, sorrow or sadness, and that shall never pass away.

Let us each our hearts prepare

The call then is to make straight his paths, through what is often the barren wilderness of our hearts. It is a call to prepare with thanksgiving, works of charity, generosity and love and a willing heart to come before our Lord acknowledging our sins in an act of penitence.

Watch, for you know not the hour

Let this Advent not disappear under the weight of shopping and tinsel, but be a beautiful time of watching with thanksgiving and a passionate longing for the return of the Lord in all his glory.

Inner Narthex, Church of the Holy Saviour, Chora, Istanbul;

It is we who must build Christ’s Kingdom

We can see Christ’s reign at three levels: over the universe, over ourselves, and over our communities.

Parable of the Talents; 19th-century anonymous engraving

You have been faithful over a little: I will set you over much

The moment we stop hiding and come into the light of Christ, acknowledging our sin, we move towards God’s merciful love that calls us to share in the master’s happiness and joy for all eternity.

The Forerunners of Christ with Saints and Martyrs, Fra Angelico (c.1395–1455), 1423 Fiesole; National Gallery, London

Rejoice and be glad

The vast majority of the Saints are unknown to us, but they all accepted the offer which God makes: they lived in his grace and allowed him to transform them from fallen and sinful people, to redeemed and sanctified people.