“If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23)
Reflections on the Kingdom for Advent by Fr Martin Connor, LC
Contained in Christ’s invitation to his followers (but often missed) is actually a four-stage process to check your realism in the daily following of the Lord through sacrifice.
We can break this invitation up into four parts: (1) “if anyone wishes, (2) he must deny himself, (3) take up his cross, and (4) follow me.” More…
“May God our Father, enlighten the eyes of our hearts, so that we may see the great hope to which we are called in Christ Jesus”(Ephesians 1:18).
Hope is the first characteristic in constructing this new creation born in Christ through baptism, how could it be otherwise?
From the very beginning of human existence, the battle for the human heart was at stake: More…
If we’ve been living Advent with interest, we’ve probably prepared the nativity scene (minus the Christ child), prepared Advent candles, listened attentively to the readings and beautiful liturgical prayers at Mass, and perhaps taken a little extra time for spiritual reading and retreat, in order to prepare ourselves to celebrate Christ’s birth at Christmas.
Today’s second Advent tip is simply to call to mind that we aren’t just preparing with expectation for Christmas but also for Jesus’ coming again in glory. We don’t know the day or the hour. It could be tonight; it could be tomorrow; it could be in ten thousand years; we could still be numbered among the first Christians. But he will come again, and it’s good to remind ourselves to look forward to that event as much as we look forward to Christmas.
Reflection for the Second Week of Advent, by Fr Martin Connor
To establish the Kingdom is to teach Christ by giving Christ.
To give Christ is to teach that love is a choice, the choice of making yourself a gift to the other rather than use another as a means for some pleasure or end, which is so very common in our world.
Ultimately, love is a choice for Good over evil. More…
In the Gospel reading for the Second Sunday of Advent, John the Baptist proclaims:
“The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!”
Over the next few days, we will offer some reflections on the Kingdom by Fr Martin Connor to help us to “Prepare the way of the Lord.”
What does Kingdom mean?
In honor of the Immaculate Conception
For today’s solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I decided to issue a challenge. Two challenges, actually. The first challenge is…
Can you identify which one of these depictions of the Immaculate Conception was painted by Murillo? More…
I must decrease
Who are you in today’s Gospel?
Three types of person appear on the scene in the Gospel reading for today (Matthew 3:1-12): The one who fearlessly proclaims Christ as Lord; the crowds who go out to see to see this man; the Pharisees and Sadducees who also go out to see him.
John is a strong and charismatic character, who draws a lot of attention to himself, although he’s fully aware that his mission is to do just the opposite.
He does not desire the attention he gets for himself (as Pharisees and Sadducees do). He identifies with his mission, which is to point us toward someone else far greater than himself.
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There are days when a blogger gets a block and can’t come up with much to say. Then there are days when the blogger has so many ideas that he can’t think of how to put it all into one post. Happens to be the latter for me today. Of course, I don’t have to say it all. But, then again….
Good things always come in 3s, right? So here’s how I’m going to do it. More…