In today’s Gospel John the Baptist is on the edge. He is on the edge geographically, socially, politically and even religiously. He has no wealth to speak of. He belongs to no defined religious group, being neither a Pharisee nor a Sadduccee, nor a Scribe. He identifies with no political agenda. He is no Zealot seeking the end of Roman occupation. He is a man in a desert, a man apart that the crowd is seeking out. John the Baptist is a man on fire with a burning zeal to bring people closer to God...
Author:- November 19, 2023
Today we begin the Season of Advent and today’s Gospel sets the tone – ‘Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come.’ Advent is characterized by waiting. Waiting! I’ve realised I’m not very good at that anymore. Maybe I never was! But in this instant-everything culture, I get frustrated if I have to wait for any length of time. Waiting is seen as time wasted and who can afford to waste time these days? But maybe a little waiting is a good thing? Here are five things I have found I can get from waiting that are worth reflecting on...
One day I brought my mother to hospital for a series of tests for her serious condition. We were there for hours waiting, meeting doctors and going through various procedures. I knew when we left the hospital that she felt very low emotionally. Driving home, I sensed that she needed something to break the dark spell of the hospital. We passed a cute coffee-shop that we had previously visited on occasion. It would be a good diversion to stop for a little treat. I pulled into a parking slot in front of a busy parade of shops, down the road, and we went for our coffee.
Author:- November 29, 2020
Crossing over the bridges on Dublin’s M-50 motorway is an experience. The lines of unceasing metal cars and lorries remind me of the lines of Safari ants in Africa going about their business. It reminds of the queues of bees heading back to their own particular hives. Drivers are about their business too!! Are they any different to the ants and bees? Well one sentence in Genesis (1:27) is remarkable. "God created human beings making them like himself, male and female he created them".