Tag Archives: Christ

Advent – The Lord is coming

Lighting the Advent Candle at Westminster Cathedral, Vigil Mass November 30 2013

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

-Isaiah 2:4-5

Picture: Lighting the Advent candle at Westminster Cathedral

The Promise of The Spirit

 As the Father sent me, so am I sending you

John 20:21

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.

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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  

John 14:20

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.

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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

John 15:15

And on each of these days, many friends are gathered to share in the special gifts that call us all to be Christians.

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Easter Triduum 2013 : Good Friday – A ransom paid

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Antiphon : God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all

Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness.

In your compassion blot out my offence.

O wash me more and more from my guilt

and cleanse me from my sin

Consider the extreme cruelty suffered by Christ Jesus at the hands of his executioners. 

His inner garments adhered to his torn flesh. Yet they dragged them off him so violently that the skin came off with them. Those who sought His life used violence against him. And when extending his hands and feet upon the cross, they then proceeded to nail them to the wood so Jesus would die in anguish.  Each blow of the hammer was taken for each and every one of us and each minute of the three hours that Christ was held upright on the cross when under the weight of His body, those very wounds would bring further agony to our Lord, was every minute of additional suffering endured for us.

Consider then that it would not be for nothing if we turned our sorrows into something good. As Pope Francis himself said the cross was the way by which God had made his reply. In response to evil God’s answer was Christ on the Cross. Thus the ‘ Cross of Christ ‘ which is  about love, mercy and forgiveness should encourage in us that the response to evil is to do good, the more than equal opposite of evil. The beautiful prayers, lamentations and meditations on this Good Friday should be a help to us to focus on how we respond to the sacrifice made which is an example to us. Christ died for us on Good Friday so the Good in this day is that love which the Father has shown to us through His Son. We can continue this good if we take up the Cross of Christ and do good ourselves. There is much that needs our attention not only in the world but in our own communities. Sad but it is still evident in the twenty first century that children are impoverished and going hungry, lacking opportunities which would give them a way forward in their lives while the homeless live on our streets.  

Christ came to die for us and once and for all, do away with sin by replacing evil with good. If Christ on the cross means something to us then we could turn the sadness into something good in doing something good and positive. The ransom has been paid.

Picture – The congregation at Westminster Cathedral join a queue to venerate the cross on Good Friday. With the numbers attending The Celebration of The Passion of the Lord, it would be nearly two hours before the next phase of the day’s events, that of the Stations of the Cross would begin.

 

Easter Triduum 2013 at Westminster Cathedral : Holy Thursday

A picture a day  –   A thought for each day

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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.