Last week, I shared with you the first part of Pope Francis’ World Day of Peace message. In that part of his message he reflected upon our need to build a culture of peace. In the second part of this message he shares some of the reasons for so many refugees, making reference to the endless and horrifying sequence of wars, conflicts, genocides and ethnic cleansings.
On Friday I had the honour to address the St Bede’s Catholic College community of parents and students at their first welcome liturgy.
I write this last message for the year on Gaudete Sunday – the Sunday of joy, rejoicing and eager expectation. This day will be completed by going to Lochinvar and being part of their traditional Carols in the Cloister. What a joyous way to continue preparing for the celebration of Christmas.
Advent is the season of waiting; waiting to commemorate Christ’s coming at Christmas. However, this year seems to have been a year of trying to “keep up” with little time to enjoy the pleasures of “waiting” and the dreaming and contemplation that are its luxuries.
We find ourselves in the second week of Advent and once again we are blessed to have some choir groups and musicians perform in preparation for Christmas.
And yet, Lord, you are our Father; we the clay, you the potter, we are all the work of your hand.