Christmas - Jesus is the light of the world

The Second World War lasted for about 6 years. It shattered the  peace, joy and hope of millions. Soldiers  began to experience the futility of war and longed for a dawn of peace. But peace seemed an utopia.  A blood chilling night of December 24. German soldiers  hid themselves in the cold bunkers watching for the movement of the enemy, the English soldiers who occupied the opposite dark bunkers.

4th Sunday of Advent

The foundation to establish peace is submission to the will of God..
Repeated prophecies about the coming of a Messiah abounds in the  sacred writings. But these prophesies were shrouded in obscurity. A clear picture  of the Messiah  is  given in about 700BC by  prophet Mica. We listened to his description  in the First reading.

3rd Sunday of Advent

  Zeph 3:14-18; Phil 4:1-7; Lk 3:10-18

Love for our neighbour turns us into precious grain for the  Lord

In today's Gospel  John the Baptist tells  his listeners that "His winnowing fan is in his hand to clear his  threshing floor and to gather  the  wheat into his  barn, but the chaff he will  burn  in a  fire that will  never go out."

2nd Sunday of Advent

 Baruch 5:1-9; Philippians 1:4-6,8-11; Luke 3:1-6

In  539 BC   the streets of  Babylon echoed with a great  declaration from Cyrus, the king of Persia. It announced freedom to  Jews, allowing   Jews to return home. In 586 BC, Nebuchadnezzar II destroyed  the Kingdom of Judah and  took  away the Jews to Babylon as  captives.