Welcome to the Parish of the Nativity of the Lord
a community of over 2000
Roman Catholics across the three Churches of St Joseph’s
in Redhill, Holy Family in Reigate and
St Teresa of the
Child Jesus in Merstham.
Willkommen! Vítejte! Bienvenido! Bienvenue! Dobrodošli! Benvenuti! üdvözöljük! Welkom! Witamy Serdecznie! Bom Dia!
29th November 2015
1st Sunday of Advent (Yr C)
Fr Chris writes ......
I love journeys and experiences that take me beyond my own limited way of seeing things to new horizons and the opening of new doors. A Holy Year (such as the ‘Year of Mercy’) includes the opening of doors as a symbol. The Church’s celebration of Baptism, often starts by the door of the church as a place of welcome for the one to be baptised into the community of faith. As we start a new Church’s year, that image of an open door is before us. Will we walk in half-heartedly or with trepidation about what we might discover? Or do we see that door as an enlightening and warming experience? Hopefully the latter!
So today, we embark on a great journey – the journey of the liturgical year (Year C). We are setting out to follow in the footsteps of Christ; his life and teaching are there for us to inspire, strengthen and transform. We will re-visit all the mysteries of his time on earth: from the expectation of his coming (that is what Advent is about), to his birth, his life, his death, his resurrection, his ascension into heaven, and his sending of the Holy Spirit. In the course of the year we will hear this whole story. We are not to let the story be like re-reading a book we know inside out; we are to see it as new, present and alive! We are not spectators, but actors in all of this. We are participants in this great journey as we become drawn into the action of being Church and being Christ in our world.
This is an enriching time as God is not just a God of the past, but of the present and future too. May we stay awake to the spiritual message of this season and be generous in our love of one another and the whole human race. May our hearts be filled with holiness and faith. As, week by week, we light our advent wreaths may they serve as a reminder of the light of Christ coming into the world. In this season, we both celebrate his first coming, and we prepare for his second coming.
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