Friday, 17 December 2010

The final run has started

First of all, for those readers in Ireland, the Youth 2000 Christmas Retreat in on this weekend in Newbridge College. It is always one of the highlights of the year when about 500 young people gather together to pray and have fun! There are free busses from all around the country! More information can be found on the Youth 2000 website.

Today is a bit a turning point in our advent journey. So far we have been reflecting on Jesus' second coming. There was an emphasis on the call to conversion and repentance, and John the Baptist features predominantly in these weeks.

Now we start to focus of the first coming of Jesus, the birth in Bethlehem. The Gospel of today is the beginning of Matthew's Gospel and tells of Jesus' genealogy.

So this can be a call to start reflecting on what it means that Jesus became incarnate and was made man, and the way he was born in a stable in Bethlehem. Today's Gospel also invites us to think about the reality of this whole event, and firmly settles it in history... It is not some kind of fairytail, but an historical event which makes a difference to the life of any human being!

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