Nicholas King SJ concludes Thinking Faith’s Advent series by highlighting the ways in which the readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent direct us towards the mystery we are preparing to celebrate, in which we have a part to play. In the frantic days that lead up to Christmas, it is vital that we take time ‘to gaze attentively at this child, who will put all the darkness of our world’.
The call to rejoice recurs throughout the readings for the Third Sunday of Advent – does this involve looking to a future happiness that lies beyond this world, or are we to find cause for hope and celebration in the here and now? John Moffatt SJ opens our eyes to the ways in which we might link our human aspirations to our heavenly ones.
Why does John the Baptist, depicted so often with a robust and masculine demeanour, not have what it takes to be a conquering hero of a king, but Jesus does?
Sarah Broscombe finds in the readings for the first Sunday of Advent in Year C an exhortation to be ready. How can we free ourselves from what might distract us during this important time of waiting?
Scripture scholar Peter Edmonds SJ analyses the references to 'faith' in Matthew, Mark and Luke. How can we build a rich vision for a life of faith by looking at how the evangelists use the word?
St Paul was prone to using sporting metaphors. Where and why did Paul use athletic imagery in his letters?
What was new about what Jesus was asking with his instruction to 'love one another ... as I have loved you', which we hear in our gospels on 4, 6 & 14 May?
Mon 28 May: All of the synoptic gospels make a point of recording the conversation between Jesus and the rich young man who wanted to know how to gain eternal life.
Peter Edmonds SJ describes how God's grace worked differently in the lives of these two saints, neither of whom had straightforward paths to holiness.
Dr Marion Smith thinks about Jesus’s discussion with the Pharisees and Herodians regarding the question of paying taxes to Caesar, and encourages us to ask ourselves what Jesus’s response to his challengers demands of us as members of society.
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