Advent is a time of joy – joy in the waiting and this Sunday we wear the joyful rose-coloured vestment. The messenger in the first reading is the ‘joyful messenger’, and his joy is that God is near and God is coming. This would be the message of Jesus – Jesus’ big conviction that he was the joyful messenger of his Father’s love. He would be the shepherd – the one who cares, knows and actively looks after the sheep. John the Baptist is the voice of joy preaching the new message.   Not to get out of the way  (like an adult dismissing children) – but  get into the Way -  walk the way with Jesus.
Bringing God Near
Voices of Christmas to bring God near -   The central message within all the voices of Christmas is that Go to the love of God which is active among us. God’s Christmas voice is I love you, you are all brothers and sisters, and nothing except love is final.
Not just a voice...but actively loving in word and deed. One way of touching that love is the Mass.  Jesus is not just love, but food that nourishes and makes a difference. we bring our ordinary concerns to Mass and let God lighten them and transform them, and enlighten us with his word.  The voice of God making sense and bringing light into the ordinariness of life.
God is present in his word, and in his body – we wait in joy for the Word to be made flesh.
Lord I believe your word was made flesh and appeared among us.
Donal Neary SJ.


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