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Come to me, all you who are weary or burdened, and I will give you rest

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Matthew 11:28-30
 
Jesus invites us to lay down our burdens and come to him for rest.
 
We create many of our own burdens when we are imprisoned in fear, resentment, anger and anxiety.  The teaching of Jesus and his new law of love offers another kind of wisdom for life, and offers freedom from our own bondage.
 
His healing presence in the Sacrament of Reconciliation softens our inner reactions and gives us peace and hope.  When we come to Jesus in the Eucharist he gives himself as heavenly food that satisfies the deepest hungers of our heart.
 
We learn to be united to Jesus and to be like him in his gentleness and humility.  Coming to Jesus refreshes our hearts and makes them like his.
 
Lord Jesus, attract me to yourself.  Teach me to be still before you, to look upon your gentle, humble face.
 
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Our Shepherd

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Matthew 9:35 – 10:1, 6-8
 
The language of the Gospel recalls the words of the Old Testament prophets, especially Ezekiel.  Israel’s religious leaders had failed to give sure guidance to the people, to keep them faithful to the covenant and to maintain proper awareness of God in their midst.
 
God’s answer to this was to promise that he himself would come amonth his people to shepherd them (Ezekiel 34).
 
Jesus is the fulfilment of this promise.  As God made man he has come to be the shepherd — the priest and leader who draws God’s people into unity and reconciliation with the Father.  He is the Good Shepherd who calls each one of us by name into his fold.
 
While the Lord personally exercises his role as shepherd in each of our lives, he has also chosen disciples, as in the Gospel, who share in his ministry and who are the sacramental sign of his presence in the Church.  As ordained ministers they are called to act 'in the person of Christ’; through preaching the Gospel and adminstering the sacraments they can provide the means whereby we can grow as Christ’s flock.
 
We pray especially for the disciples’ successors, the bishops of the Church.  We pray also for vocations to the priesthood and for those who have responded that they might be true shepherds, conformed to the likeness of Christ.
 
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The First Sunday of Advent

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Matthew 24:37-44
 
‘Advent’ literallly means ‘coming’, and the Church has always sought to remind us during this holy season of the three comings of Christ: his first at his birth, his second at his return to Earth in glory and his third when he comes into each of our lives.  
 
The work of the Spirit in our lives is twofold: he compels us to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of the Father; and he moves us to pray with heartfelt longing, “Come, Lord Jesus, come."
 
Jesus is the meaning of Christmas.  He is the meaning of human existence.  The baby born in the stable, in poverty and helplessness as God made man, is our light and our hope.
 
We lift up our hearts in praise and thanksgiving for Jesus who is the Light of the World, the light which darkness could not extinguish or overcome.
 
Lord Jesus, in this Advent season we invite your light into our lives and come ourselves into the light so that by the grace of repentance and a deeper conversion we may walk as children of the light. 
 
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