The Latin word Advent means coming. In Advent, we await the first coming of the Lord. It is a time of expectation and joyful anticipation. We prepare for Advent and look forward to the coming of Christ. And when He comes He will bring peace
Nation will not lift sword against nation,
there will be no more training for war,
O House of Jacob, come,
let us walk in the light of the Lord
Picture: Lighting the Advent candle at Westminster Cathedral
As the Father sent me, so am I sending you
It is Pentecost Sunday, the day when in fulfilling the promise made to his disciples at the last supper, Christ sent them an advocate to build up His church to be united and holy. Father Jeremy Davies pointed out in St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians that the gift of the Holy Spirit was given to build up the church into a community and into holiness, so as to build up each Christian into the image of our Lord Jesus and thus enable the fullness of Christ to dwell fully in every Christian. As his disciples were, we too are in receipt of this same promise of the Holy Spirit.
In addressing the gathering at Tyburn on Sunday, Fr Jeremy explained that Christ in bringing us into unity with His body paves the way for us to become the visible church, His visible church. Christ brings everyone into unity with God’s love by bringing them into union with Himself. The journey to God through the Son is possible since Christ himself is in union with the Father
On that day you will understand that I am in my Father and you in me and I in you
and this journey is aided by the coming of the advocate as promised by Christ. It is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth, the spirit of wisdom and understanding that Luke says which opens the new testament to us. Through His son and by way of the Holy Spirit unlocking all the mysteries and teachings of Christ, God speaks to every human being on this earth. We are only asked to listen and to open our hearts.
The platform of the Westminster Catholic Evidence Guild at Tyburn bears witness to the message and promises of Christ each Sunday afternoon and is blessed with the presence of Fr Jeremy Davies who journeys down from Luton on the third Sunday of each month.
I call you friends because I have made known to you everything I learnt from my Father
And on each of these days, many friends are gathered to share in the special gifts that call us all to be Christians.
A picture a day – A thought for each day
Said Christ to his apostles ( per Benedictus Antiphon )
– I have longed to eat this Passover with you before I suffer
The story then taken up by St Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians 11:23-26
This is what I received from the Lord and in turn passed on to you : that on the same night that he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread, and thanked God for it and broke it, and he said,
‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in as a memorial of me.’
In the same way he took the cup after supper, and said,
‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Whenever you drink it, do this as a memorial of me.’
Until the Lord comes, therefore, every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are proclaiming his death.
The meal thus ended and having spoken one last time with his disciples, our Lord Jesus is taken away, willingly and without protest to fulfil his mission. as evening approaches then, the Blessed Sacrament Chapel lies empty, the altar stripped. Jesus is taken from our midst since to take us to our salvation, He would have to be taken this way. As great as the love of the Father is for the Son, great too is the love of the Father and of the Son for us. Great too is the price that has been paid for this love.