LISTEN: Reflection for the 1st Sunday of Advent — Year A

In today’s readings, Advent is described as a journey from two directions. From one side, in the vision of Isaiah in the first reading, we see the nations going to Jerusalem, to the mountain of the Lord’s house. From the other direction, in the gospel, we envision the coming of the Son of Man and how ready we must be.

Both journeys, the going and the coming, look to a future realization on “that day and hour no one knows”. But this future is not far away and so we have to be alert, we have to be awake – because we are all called to be part of God’s Kingdom here and now – in our own Church and in our own lives.

As we prepare to welcome the prince of peace into our lives at Christmas, let us join together to build peace in our time. Especially as we become conscious of the horrors of gender-based violence in our land during these “16 days of activism”, let us reject all forms of violence, especially all that stems from patriarchy. For we cannot welcome Jesus and Mary at the manger, if we stand by and see women and children hurt in our time by men.

Join Fr Matthew Charlesworth SJ as he reflects on the readings for the First Sunday of Advent — Year A

Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts.
Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:37-44

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Fr Matthew Charlesworth SJ

Fr Matthew Charlesworth SJ entered the Society of Jesus in 2005 and underwent the usual course of studies in his formation, which took him to such varied places as Canada, France, Ireland, Kenya, Spain, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, the United States, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Whilst working at the Institute, Matthew managed the background technical aspects of much of the Institute's work and was involved in the Spirituality work, completing the Advanced Spiritual Directors Training Course and the Spiritual Exercises Training run by the Institute. He is a member of Spiritual Directors International and was also a part-time lecturer in Sacred Scripture at St Augustine College of South Africa. He is currently the Director of Communications for the Jesuits in Southern Africa, based in Lusaka, Zambia.

m.charlesworth@jesuitinstitute.org.za @mcharlesworth
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