5 Dec 2015

6th December 2015 - Jubilee Year of Mercy: Interview with Fr Noel Kirwin - 2nd Sunday of Advent - UPDATED

On this weeks programme John and Shane are joined by Fr Noel Kirwin to discuss the beginning of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy by Pope Francis on 8th December. We have our regular reflection on the Sunday gospel as well as other liturgical odds & ends.
You can listen to the podcast of this weeks programme HERE.
Jubilee of Mercy
On 8th December 2015 in Rome, Pope Francis will open the Holy Door of St Peter’s Basilica inaugurating an extraordinary jubilee year dedicated to the mercy of God. The last jubilee year was the Great Jubilee in 2000 and the next one was scheduled for 2050 so this one is an extraordinary one.
Pope Francis reminds us that "we need to constantly to contemplate the mystery of God’s mercy; mercy the bridge that connects God and humanity, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness…..The mercy of God is his loving concern for each one of us. He feels responsible; that is, he desires our wellbeing and he wants to see us happy, full of joy and peaceful...As the Father loves, so do his children. Just as he is merciful, so we are called to be merciful to each other".  
"It is my burning desire that, during this Jubilee, the Christian people may reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. It will be a way to reawaken our conscience, too often grown dull in the face of poverty. And let us enter more deeply into the heart of the Gospel where the poor have a special experience of God’s mercy. Jesus introduces us to these works of mercy in his preaching so that we can know whether or not we are living as his disciples. Let us redis-cover these corporal works of mercy: to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, heal the sick, visit the imprisoned, and bury the dead. And let us not forget the spiritual works of mercy: to counsel the doubtful, instruct the ignorant, admonish sinners, comfort the afflicted, forgive offences, bear patiently those who do us ill, and pray for the living and the dead."

On this weeks programme Fr Noel Kirwin joins us to give a reflection on the mercy of God and what the Jubilee year will mean.
You can listen to the interview with Fr Noel excerpted from the main programme HERE.
Bishop Brendan will open the Holy Door of St John’s Cathedral on December 8th also and during the year there will be various events and celebrations to mark this Holy Year presenting each of us with an opportunity to reflect on and experience the mercy of God in our lives.

All previous posts about the Jubilee Year of Mercy from SS1012fm HERE.
Gospel - Lk 3:1-6
"In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar,
when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea,
and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee,
and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region
of Ituraea and Trachonitis,
and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene,
during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas,
the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert.
John went throughout the whole region of the Jordan,
proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,
as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah:
A voice of one crying out in the desert:
“Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.
Every valley shall be filled
and every mountain and hill shall be made low.
The winding roads shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth,
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”"
Reflections on this weeks gospel:
Word on Fire
Sunday Reflections
Centre for Liturgy
English Dominicans
WCCM - Reflection on the 2nd Sunday of Advent
Thinking Faith - Waiting for the King


Liturgical odds & ends
Liturgy of the Hours: psalter week 2; 2nd week of Advent

Saints of the Week

December 7th - St Ambrose
December 8th - Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
December 9th - St Juan Diego
December 10th - Our Lady of Loreto
December 11th - St. Damasus I
December 12th - Our Lady of Guadalupe

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