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3rd Sunday of Advent, Year A – Gaudate Sunday

Wait for the LordWe are waiting for the Lord like the farmer from today鈥檚 second reading from the letter of St. James:   鈥淏e patient 鈥 think of a farmer how patiently he waits for the precious fruit of the ground.  鈥 You too have to be patient; do not lose heart, because the Lord鈥檚 coming will be soon.鈥漇everal months ago we received the gift of avocados, and I kept the stone to see if it would grow into a tree.  I was told how to plant it 鈥 that half the stone must be above water; while half must be covered with water, so I took a plastic container with a lid, in which I cut a hole the same size as my avocado stone, and I filled the container with water.  The stone was secure in the hole, half submerged, half dry.  I had done as much as I […]

Reflection on St Dominic (9)

On preparing this reflection, it struck me that all the Readings at Mass this morning, (19th Sunday of the Year, Cycle C) including the psalm, could be applied to the person of Dominic and the mission and foundation of the Order.The first Reading from the Book of Wisdom is about trusting God and joyfully having the courage to do what God asks, enduring the dangers and hardships as well as the blessings that this work of God might entail. Dominic had a tremendous trust in God. He realised the power of the Scriptures, the word/Word of God in transforming lives and the need for preaching the truth regardless of danger and opposition from heretics. He was passionately concerned with the salvation of  all people. Dominic had this tremendous, genuine love for people 鈥 he cared deeply for them. We are told that 鈥渉is heart was full of an extraordinary, […]