LISTEN: Reflection for the 3rd Sunday of Advent — Year A

The readings for this Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday are both consolation and invitation.

As we move toward Christmas we may be feeling discouraged. Many feel betrayed by our leaders and worried about the impact of load-shedding. Some have lost their homes in the flooding of the Jukskei River.  Across the globe, the impact of climate change is being felt. Fear-based politics in many places means that refugees and migrants will not be welcomed.

Into this place of discouragement and chaos, the words of the prophet Isaiah come with an astonishing promise and an invitation.

Annemarie Paulin-Campbell invites us to reflect on how we live in the light of this promise.

Isaiah35: 1-6, 10; James 5: 7-10; Matthew 11: 2-11.

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Dr Annemarie Paulin-Campbell

Dr Annemarie Paulin-Campbell has worked in the area of Ignatian Spirituality for 19 years and heads up the work of the Jesuit Institute School of Spirituality. Her primary focus is the training and supervision of spiritual directors and the giving of retreats. She is also a registered Psychologist and her PhD focused on the interface between Christian Spirituality and Psychology. Annemarie is an editorial advisor to “The Way” journal of Spirituality and has authored a number of articles relating to the training of Spiritual Directors in an African context. She has contributed to several books, most recently co-authoring a book of Lenten Reflections: “Long Journey to the Resurrection”. She has contributed to international conferences and consultations in Spirituality in the United Kingdom; the United States; Rome; Spain, Ethiopia, Kenya and Zimbabwe.

a.paulin-campbell@jesuitinstitute.org.za @annemariepc_c
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