10th December Second Sunday of Advent

Dear Friends,  

            Today’s theme “Prepare a way for the Lord”, jumps out of the gospel reading. “See I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the desert: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.”

            The person of John the Baptist dominates this scene. He is the one who is sent to herald the good news that a saviour is coming. This would be Jesus, but as nobody knows who he is; “can anything good come out of Nazareth?” asks Nathaniel (John: 46). John’s baptism would be of water whereas that of Jesus would be of the Holy Spirit. This significant episode set me thinking about who was the person who welcomed God’s word in our home when I was a child and as I grew up? Who was the one I could say was responsible for my vocation to the priesthood? Who was John the Baptist for me? Local parish priest or curate or the teachers or my mother? It was without doubt, my mother, who was a woman of faith without preaching it, she lived it. That of course only comes to you later in life. Let us celebrate the parents of faith who walk the walk, who lead us like John the Baptist towards the person of Jesus, their love, forgiveness, expressions of faith in hundreds of little ways, (e.g. ‘if it is God’s will’ etc.) and who sow the seed that can find life much later.


            At Frimley:

  • The Advent Penitential Rite will take place on Wednesday 13th at 8pm.
  • On Monday Advent Penitential Rite at St Peter and John at 8pm.
  • On Wednesday at 6pm in Parish Room; return visit from Naomi Farrell to elaborate a little further on the work of Prisoners Advice and Care Trust (PACT). All welcome.
  • Some red Mission boxes to be collected from the porch table. Thanks for your generosity.
  • Please ensure you get school forms signed off in time.
  • We say thank you and good wishes to Dan and Orla Collins and their children. They are relocating to Belfast and have made themselves valued members of our Parish community. ‘May the road rise before them and the sun be always on their back.’ (An Irish blessing).


Finally: Defendant: “Your honour, as God is my judge, I did not steal the money.”

            Judge: “He’s not, I am, you did.”


God Bless you all,

Fr John



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