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GOSPEL REFLECTIONS SUNDAY 30TH NOVEMBER


SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPELS
Mark 13:33-37
The coming of the Lord is not just the moment of death, but any moment of grace. Recall unexpected graces - good things that happened when they were not anticipated.
2 Perhaps some of these were moments when you were particularly alert and aware of what was going on in you and around you and this enabled you to be open to the moment of grace. Recall the contrast with moments when that alertness and awareness were not present.
3 The servants were given charge of the household 'each with their own job'. Identify with the servants as people given a responsibility within the household of God's people. What has it been like for you when you have been shown trust in this way by another person? What is it like for you to see yourself trusted in this way by God?
4 Jesus says that what he is saying to his disciples he is saying to all. Have there been times when you have been a messenger of hope to others, encouraging them to wait for a moment of grace. Who have been the ones to encourage you?

John Byrne OSA Email john@orlagh.ie

MUSINGS
In 1744, Charles Wesley (the younger brother of Methodist founder, John Wesley) published Hymns for the Nativity of Our Lord. Out of eighteen hymns featured in the collection, one in particular is still closely associated with the Advent season: 'Come thou long expected Jesus'. Its first verse is a fitting clarion call on this first Sunday of Advent as we wait in expectant longing to celebrate Christ's birth at Christmas: 'Come Thou long expected Jesus, born to set Thy people free; from our fears and sins release us; let us find our rest in Thee.'
Salvador Ryan St Patrick's College, Maynooth

You know that feeling of waiting for something or someone? It is a feeling of excitement or maybe anxiety. It can be a creative time, a time of high alert, where we may even be more aware of ourselves. Our senses are heightened especially when we are waiting for important news or results or waiting on a loved one to call or to arrive. Waiting is not always seen as a good thing but it can be a time for growth. And so, we enter into the season of waiting: Advent.
These weeks are weeks of great hope and joy and we once more celebrate God entering into our lives. This short passage from Mark reminds us to be alert, to use this time to prepare. What will our preparations be like? God is with us in many different ways, trying to catch our attention in the midst of our crazy, busy days. As we fight our way through the queues in the coming weeks, can we use 5 minutes, 7 minutes, 20 mins ... to stop, be still, to ask God once more to enter into our hearts and lives.

Jane Mellett
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