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SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Posted 3 Dec 2016, 13:19 by Our Lady of Fatima Church - White City LondonLast week we lit the first candle of Advent – that fragile flickering flame in the darkness which reminds us of God’s gift of hope. This week we light the second candle reminding us of his gift of peace. We think of Jesus’ words at the Last Supper: “Peace I leave you, my peace I give you. A peace which the world cannot give, this is my gift to you.” (John, 14:27). And we remember that the first words which Jesus spoke to the same disciples in that same upper room after the resurrection were: “Peace be with you.” It is a precious gift.Our television screens have been dominated by images of war in 2016. How can we truly build peace on earth? It is now four years since Nelson Mandela died – here was a man who came to understand Jesus’ path to peace. In his youth he fought the injustice of apartheid through violence but during his long years in prison his faith showed him that he would need to walk another path on his “long road to freedom.” As he famously wrote after his release from prison: “As I walked out the door towards the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew that if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I would still be in prison.” And later: “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.”In today’s Gospel we hear John the Baptist’s cry carried by the desert wind: “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.” Repentance simply means coming back to God, and like Nelson Mandela recognising what it is that we need to leave behind if we are to be truly free and once more walk in God’s ways and with his grace be reconciled with others. What is that you need to leave behind? Come to the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Advent and give to God all your burdens and anxieties. Like Nelson Mandela we learn that there can be no peace in our world and in our individual lives without forgiveness and true forgiveness comes from Christ, the Prince of Peace.With Advent blessings from Fr Richard, Fr Ephrem and all the parish team.
Lord Jesus our Saviour, the One who is to come,
the One who has come –
help us to come to you now.
Awaken us from our half-hearted slumbers.
Our hearts are cold: Lord, warm them with your selfless love.
Our hearts are sinful: cleanse them with your precious blood.
Our hearts are weak: strengthen them with your joyous Spirit.
Our hearts are empty: fill them with your divine presence.
Come, Emmanuel, enter our lives afresh,
possess them always and only for yourself.
Advent Family Prayer: Why not make time to pray together at home
as a family every day during Advent. Light your own Advent candle and perhaps
begin by praying these beautiful words from “O Little town of Bethlehem”:
O holy child of Bethlehem
come down to us we pray.
Cast out our sin and enter in
be born in us today.
Come, Lord Jesus, come! Amen
Or light your own Advent candle and perhaps begin by praying this prayer for peace:
Bring peace, Lord, to the worried.
Bring calm, Lord, to the stressed.
Bring hope, Lord, to the downcast
and to the tired, Lord, grant them rest.
Come, Lord Jesus, come! Amen