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’.
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?
Jack Mahoney suggests ways in which the magi, who were full of hope even though their own journey to the crib was long and uncertain, can inspire our prayer.
Belief in the Second Coming of Christ is often radicalised and even distorted in popular discourse, and as such may not be a strong tenet of faith for many Catholics. Sr Cathy Jones asks if there is a place for belief in 'the rapture' in the Catholic consciousness.
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