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Advent Homily: Dealing with the hustle and bustle of Christmas

By Mons. Peter Jeffrey:

I want to take a single point from each of the 3 readings in this Advent Liturgy.

Life gets a bit frazzled and hectic for most of us at this time of the year. Each one of us can pin-point our pressure points. The passage from the prophet Baruch in the 1st reading speaks precisely to that – the rough roads will be made smooth. So bring whatever tensions you experience with you as we pray together in the Mass.

In the hustle and bustle at this time, it is easy to be a bit confused or distressed. During the week, I attended the True Colours presentation at the M.C.P. at the Emmaus site of Notre Dame. Because of the accompaniment each student receives from the staff, some transformation takes place.

Gently – and ever so gradually – they move from self-doubt to confidence. There is a message there for all of us. In the mad rush that can easily dominate us in the lead-up to Christmas, it takes special effort to tune in to God’s presence with us. It may be helpful to reflect on whether you use the time at the wheel of the car to invite the Lord to be with you and guide you during the day.

We meet John the Baptist in today’s Gospel. We can put it in our own time and setting. We can say when Daniel Andrews is premier in Victoria and Scott Morrison is Prime Minister in Canberra, the Advent message comes to each of us in our particular situation. John the Baptist cries out to us to be open to the Lord and the various ways in which he yearns to come to us in our busyness and our relationships.

John the Baptist is pointing the finger not at us but for us. He is not pointing the finger in blame. He is rather showing us the way. I want to pray in this Mass that in spite of the feverish rush and bargain sales at this time of the year, we will put Christ at the centre of our Christmas gatherings and celebrations. As we continue with this Advent Mass pray that Christ be in our hearts and homes knowing that the “Word was made flesh and came to dwell among us”.

*This is Monsignor's homily from the Second Sunday of Advent 2018

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