is here. This week begins the Season of Advent and we wait and prepare for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. This year we decided that each Sunday of Advent we would share with you a word that embodies the season and that is also at the heart of our projects located throughout the developing world.

This First Sunday of Advent we start with the word HOPE.

Tous les mercredis soirs, le Père Alain Ferré nous ouvre les portes de l’église Saint Paul pour la célébration de la messe. Cette fois, c’es au tour du séminaire de lui ouvrir ses portes pour la célébration des vêpres, du dîner et de la rencontre communautaire.“Let us ask the Lord during this Advent time to draw us closer, closer to his mystery and do so on the path that he wants us to take: the path of humility, the path of meekness, the path of poverty, the path of recognizing we are sinners.”

Pope Francis, Papal Chapel Homily, Dec. 5, 2014

Each year at this time, the Church urges us to renew our memory of the great love God has shown for us. Advent is a time for us to be quiet, reflect and meditate on the real meaning of Christmas. During these four weeks before Christmas we should prepare our hearts and our lives as we wait for the coming of Jesus. We must focus on the promise that God made to his people and how that promise was fulfilled in the birth of Christ and will be fulfilled in his next coming. We should understand that Christ, who came once in the flesh, is prepared to come again. And that he may come, at any hour and moment, to dwell spiritually in our hearts. It is a wonderful opportunity of revitalization for us as Christians. Fr. Ren Ligeralde, CJM

The First Sunday of Advent (C) opens the Liturgical year with readings that focuses on God’s way. In fact, Psalm 25 is a good choice as a response to the first reading. This psalm talks about God’s new covenant which is also the focus of the first reading. The writer of the Book of Jeremiah connects Jeremiah’s words pertaining to the new covenant. He focused on God’s promise to David (2Sam 7:16). With regard to the second reading and the Gospel, Psalm 25 is related to these two readings. They all stress on “the way of God”.

29 novembre 2015

Jérémie 33, 14-16

Psaume 25 (24)

1 Thessaloniciens 3, 12 - 4, 2

Luc 21, 25-28. 34-36

Si on écoute superficiellement ce que nous venons d'entendre dans l'Évangile, de ce premier dimanche de l'Avent, on risque de ne retenir que les images de catastrophes. Par contre, si on l'écoute bien, c'est, une fois de plus, une merveilleuse et joyeuse « bonne» nouvelle que nous recevons.

Reprenons donc ce message:

Lors de sa dernière montée à Jérusalem Jésus annonce que le Temple de Jérusalem, centre de tout le culte d'Israël, sera détruit, et qu'il n'en restera pas pierre sur pierre. Ses auditeurs lui demandent alors, quel sera le signe de cette libération du Peuple de son esclavage, et de la restauration du véritable Israël qui adorera Dieu en esprit et en vérité (Luc 21,7). C'est alors que Jésus prononce le long discours sur la fin des temps dont nous venons d'en lire une partiei.