Reflections for Advent and Christmas

Christmas 2020

I visited ‘Elizabeth’ recently. She is an 80 year old, single lady who had been discharged home from hospital earlier that morning for End of Life care with our palliative care team. Prior to admission three weeks earlier, she had lived alone and enjoyed a very full and active life. (John 10:10) She recounted without bitterness how she had been told, ‘You have three months to live.’ She spoke with warmth and gratitude of the kindness that she had experienced

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4th Week of Advent 2020

It was that time of the year again, Winter, And the young couple, just recently married, Looked for a place they could afford in the city. They were there because they needed to register with the immigration department. They found a cheap motel, More expensive than they could afford. But the woman was exhausted And her husband, Jose, thought it worth the cost To provide the shelter she needed.

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3rd Week of Advent 2020 ii

Saint Joseph, foster Father, was a kind, loving, honest man but also endured great passion even before his wife to be, Mary and his Son to be born, Jesus who is called the Christ. Mary visits her Cousin Elizabeth (Lk 1:39-56) Mary never went to visit her cousin Elizabeth without saying goodbye to Joseph her beloved. It was such a joyful day for Mary as she was going to see and share in the joys of her cousin’s conception.

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2nd Week of Advent 2020

A month, ago I was touched by the heartprints of a young lady and a group of secondary school students. Many of us often see ourselves as poor, not having much, we say that we have ‘nothing’. We often complain about how hard life is. We concentrate on what we would love to have but don’t have; a car, a better house, a particular type of dress, being able to eat a particular type of food regularly, childrens school fees, our own school feels, school fees of sibling/s etc.

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