On this weeks programme, John is joined by Shane and Michael as we reflect on the closing days of Advent and possible things to do in the final spiritual preparation for Christmas. We have our usual reflections on this weeks Sunday gospel as well as some quick notices.
This weeks podcast is available HERE.
John and his guests go through a reminder of what spiritual preparation that we can do for Advent including joining in the O Antiphons from 17th to 23rd December, a reminder to consider going for Confession in preparation for the great feast, and to continue to explore the Jesse Tree.
Gospel - Luke 1:26-38
This week we have one of the two most important stories from Scripture, the Annunciation by the Angel Gabriel to Mary that she was to be the Mother of God (which is one of the most depicted scenes in religious art). It is a very familiar gospel that we hear often from Luke, in fact we heard in a few weeks back as the gospel for the feast of the Immaculate Conception. But there in lies the danger, familiarity can breed contempt, so we need to be very aware and attentive to the proclamation and mediation on this piece of scripture.
It is a very intense piece of writing where you could spend hours reflecting on each line, almost each word seeking to understand but to also see how it speaks to us 2000 years later, for we believe that Scripture is still the voice of God speaking to us as much now as when the original events recounted occurred.
Luke is one of the main gospels for the infancy narrative and has a very Marian focus which sometimes can put us off on reflecting on it, we tend to see it as Mary's story, Mary's event. Luke's account of the Annunciation is very much built upon the experience and language of the Old Testament and demonstrates the fulfillment of the prophets and the law especially the prophecy of Isaiah 7:14 "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel."
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