10 December 2017
Scond Sunday of Advent
1st reading: Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11
2nd reading: 2 Peter 3:8-14
The Gospel of Mark 1:1-8
The beginning of the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is written in the book of the prophet Isaiah: Look, I am going to send my messenger before you; he will prepare your way. A voice cries in the wilderness: Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight. and so it was that John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. All Judea and all the people of Jerusalem made their way to him, and as they were baptised by him in the river Jordan they confessed their sins. John wore a garment of camel-skin, and he lived on locusts and wild honey. In the course of his preaching he said, ‘Someone is following me, someone who is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to kneel down and undo the strap of his sandals. I have baptised you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.’
The Beginning of the Baptist’s Ministry
Until then, John had lived in the desert as an anchorite; now he comes forth to deliver his message to the world. Clothed not in the soft garments of a courtier, but in those “of camel’s hair, and a leather girdle about his loins … he looked as if he came neither eating nor drinking (Mt 11; Lk 7) “and he lived on locusts and wild honey” (Mk 1); his whole countenance, far from suggesting the idea of a reed shaken by the wind (Mt 11:7; Lk 7:24), manifested undaunted constancy. “Jerusalem and all Judea, and all the country about Jordan” (Mt 3:5) went out to him drawn by his strong and winning personality; the austerity of his life added immensely to the weight of his words; for the simple folk, he was truly a prophet (Mt 11:9). However, to keep the people from thinking that he might be the Christ, John did not fail to insist that he was only a forerunner of the one to come: “I indeed baptise you with water; but there shall come one mightier than I, the latches of whose shoes I am not worthy to loose.” (Lk 3).
Cf. St. John the Baptist, Catholic Encyclopedia
This week’s feasts
Mon 11 St. Damasus I, Pope
Tue 12 Our Lady of Guadalupe
Wed 13 St. Lucy, Virgin, Martyr
Thu 14 St. John of the Cross, Priest, Doctor
Psalter Week II
Readings for the 3rd Sunday of Advent
1st: Isaiah 61:1-2, 10-11
Psalm: Luke 1:46-50, 53-54
2nd: 1 Thesalonians 5:16-24
Gospel: John 1:6-8, 19-28
The Apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe
The apparitions of the Mother of God on Tepeyac Hill in Mexico City in 1531, are narrated in the Nican Mopohua, (or “Here it is told”), a document written in the native Nahuatl. During the fourth apparition, we find St. Juan Diego rushing to the city to find a priest for his dying uncle and trying to avoid the spot where our Lady had appeared earlier, however, she still came to meet him. This is an excerpt of the Blessed Virgin’s message:“Listen, put it into your heart, my smallest-and-dearest of sons, that the thing that frightened you, the thing that afflicted you is nothing. Do not let it disturb you. Do not fear this sickness nor any other sickness, nor any sharp and hurtful thing. Am I not here, I, who am your mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not the source of your joy? Are you not in the hollow of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms? Do you need something more? Let nothing else worry you or disturb you.”
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.
Nativity Play 2017: Sunday 17 December 4pm at the Latin Parish Hall. Join us in this representation of the Birth of our Lord as we prepare for the Christmas season. Contact Fr. Fernando 9993 3130
Christmas Flower Arranging Demonstration Thur 14 Dec, 10:30am at the Hospice. €5 include coffee and cake. Contact Wendy Granville.
Light up a Life Service: Thurs 14 Dec at 6pm. Join us in a prayerful evening for our faithful departed. To have the name of a deceased loved one read out please contact Mary Penny: 9639 8641.
Help us Beautify the Church The Flower Arrangement Group is looking for volunteers. Contact Resi at 26910706.
Hospice Christmas Fair Fri 15 Dec, from 10 to 12 at AMH, entertainment by Island Blend Barbershop Chorus not to be missed. €4.00 includes Coffee- Tea Cake. Chance to purchase Home Made & Bottled Mulled Wine, Mince Pies, Cards, Calendars.
Christmas Shopping Trip to Nicosia Tues 12 December. 3 stops M & S, Ledra Street (bring passport) and Ikea. Raffle. Leave at 8am from upper parking in Debenhams, back 7pm. Cost €17 to help Hospice. Call Linda 99562387.
Catenian Pre-Christmas Mass on Wed 13 December 6pm at Agia Kyriaki. All welcome.
CARITAS Paphos: HUGE THANKS to Fr. Carlos for his parachute jump, and thanks to all who sponsored him, the money is still being collected, the final total will be published.
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