In this season of Advent we accompany Our Lady and St Joseph as they make their way from Nazareth to Bethlehem. In this meditation we learn from the many aspects of their journey and from their preparations for Jesus’ birth in the stable in Bethlehem how we can live Advent better. It can become a “little Lent” where we find practical ways of improving our:
We all love the parable of the Good Samaritan, but how well do we live out its message? In this meditation we use Pope Francis’ commentary on the parable in his encyclical Fratelli tutti to see the many lessons it contains and to suggest practical ways of putting these lessons into practice.
St Matthew relates in his gospel how Christ, after multiplying the loaves and fish to feed the multitude, went up onto the hillside to pray. Before dawn the following day he walked on the water to the apostles who were in the boat and calmed the storm. In this meditation we consider how:
Prayer is very important in our life, especially when we are going through storms
Sometimes works of charity take precedence over our prayer
As a result of original sin, there will always be suffering in various forms
Christ does not abandon us; he always comes to our aid
We should continue praying with faith, confident that Christ always hears us
St Paul tells us that the greatest of the virtues is charity. If we are to live this virtue well, we must first grow in love for God so that his love fills us and overflows into those around us. In this meditation we consider how:
The more we love God, the easier it will be to love our neighbour
We can learn charity from saints like Mother Teresa of Calcutta and St Josemaria, who loved God with their whole heart and their neighbour as themselves
We can grow in four aspects of charity: patience, love for people of all backgrounds, forgiveness and kindness
St John begins his account of Christ’s Passion saying that “having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.” Our Lord goes on to give his disciples the “new commandment” to love one another as he has loved us. We too are called to love “to the end”, beyond what comes easy, generously. In this meditation we consider:
Charity, as St Paul writes, is the greatest of the virtues (cf. 1 Cor 13: 13) but it is also one of the hardest to live. A big help in being more kind and generous is to see Christ in everyone around us. In this meditation we consider how:
Christ taught us that whatever we do to the least of our brethren we do to him (cf. Mt 25:40).
Our Lord showed us by his example how to love others and he gave us the New Commandment to love others as he has loved us (John 13:34).
We love others because God first loved us (cf. 1 John 4:19).
The parable of the Good Samaritan is a good example to follow in this Jubilee Year of Mercy
In this Jubilee Year of Mercy the parable of the Good Samaritan has much to tell us. It offers food for thought on how we can be a Good Samaritan to those around us. In this meditation we will consider:
The question of the lawyer to Jesus on what he must do to inherit eternal life and the importance of the question for everyone
How love for God and love for our neighbour are related
How our neighbour is everyone around us, no matter what their religion, race or nationality
Every nativity scene you look at always has Mary, our holy mother with her son and St Joseph, her spouse.
Now that we are in Advent, we want to prepare well for Christmas. A good way to do this is by the hand of Our Lady. After all, she too prepared for the birth of Christ. In this meditation we consider nine lessons Our Lady gives us about how to prepare for this great feast: