19Dec Advent Week 4 – Sunday

Judges 13:2ff. Manoah's wife learns of the miraculous conception of Samson, who will be dedicated to God to the day of his death.Luke 1:5ff. Glorious things are predicted of John, the long-awaited son of Zechariah and Elizabeth.

18Dec Advent Week 4 – Saturday

Jeremiah 23:5ff. A righteous Branch will be raised up from David's descendants, to rule with wisdom and justice.Matthew 1:18ff. Joseph is told of the miraculous, virginal conception of Jesus, who "will save his people from their sins. "

17Dec Advent Week 4 – Friday

Genesis 49:2ff. The dying Jacob predicts future glory for the tribe of Judah, among all of his twelve sons. This is fulfilled when the Messiah is born "of the tribe of Judah."Mt 1:1ff. The apparent, popular and schematically structured genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

17Dec Apostolic Visitation; a reflection by Brendan Hoban

There is, as we know, a lot of cynicism among priests about the wisdom and
effectiveness of the present Apostolic Visitation. After the high
expectations surrounding the much-hyped visit of the bishops to Rome,
fuelled in the main by the …

16Dec Letter to the Taoiseach in response to the Budget.

by Padraig McCarthy

To:       Taoiseach Brian Cowan,                                                                   Minister Brian Lenihan
Department of the Taoiseach,                                                       Department of Finance
Government Buildings,                                                                     Upper Merrion Street
Upper Merrion Street,                                                                       Dublin 2
Dublin 2
Dear Taoiseach,
The quality of a country is not judged by …

16Dec Advent Week 3 – Thursday

Isaiah 54:1ff. The future reversal, when the abandoned will find God's special favour;for "the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer. "Luke 7:24ff. Jesus praises John the Baptist as "a prophet, yes, and more than a prophet. "

15Dec Advent Week 3 – Wednesday

Isaiah 45:6ff. A glorious portrayal of the true, living God, creator of all. "I am the Lord, and there is no other. "Luke 7:18ff. In reply to John's question 'Are you the one who is to come?' Jesus points to his healing ministry, in confirmation.

15Dec Meeting with Archbishop Prendergast

On Tuesday, December 14th, Brendan Hoban, Colm Kilcoyne and myself, Tony Flannery, met with the Apostolic Visitor to Tuam, Archbishop Prendergast.

It was a very good meeting. We were with him for about forty five minutes, during which time he …

14Dec Advent Week 3 – Tuesday

Zephaniah 3:1ff. A prophet's hopeful vision of his people's future conversion: the humble shall seek refuge in the name of the Lord.Matthew 21:28ff. The short parable about two sons: one refuses but then obeys; the other agrees but disobeys.

13Dec Advent Week 3 – Monday

Numbers 24:2ff. Balaam's oracle about the glorious future, when a star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter from Israel.Matthew 21:23ff. When the Jewish leaders demand proof of his authority, Jesus points to John's non-hierarchical authority.

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