Another year gone and another year beginning!

Advent is a beautiful time of anticipation but also of reflection for the many gifts of this past year at St. James’ and in our own lives.

I know that you may see the word “reflection” and wonder how are we supposed to make time for that, now that alongside Advent is the mad dash of organizing for Christmas, tree trimming, work parties, gift purchases and of course the turkey dash at the local grocery store, throwing elbows to get the last one (not kidding, I’ve seen it!).

Find these quiet moments, seek them out. You may want to spend some time looking over the last year, examining it and giving thanks.

It may be that Christmas is not an easy time for you, and know that you are not alone in that. Perhaps this is the first Christmas without a loved one. It is good for us to be together here, in this place. It is good for us to give thanks for things past and things present, and it is good for us to share with each other when things are difficult.

A great light is coming, and the darkness cannot overcome it, even during these shortened winter days.

See you soon!

Mother Lucy

Here we are at the end of our liturgical year. I look back on the last twelve months and in particular the journey we have been on with Matthew.

Matthew is the gospel writer that provides us with big pictures, extremes and parables galore. The overarching theme presents us with Christ the King and promised Messiah of Israel. There are over 60 references to the Hebrew Scriptures most of which are prophetic and we gain insight into Jesus’ childhood that the other gospels do not contain.

We have listened to the Sermon on the Mount and faced the challenging parables that deal with end times and our responsibility as Christians to the gospel.

So what now? Here we are at the end of our liturgical year, on the feast of the Reign of Christ with Advent and the new church year just around the corner. What should we do next? (Besides run the gauntlet of December and all that comes with preparation for the celebration of the incarnation at Christmas).

Matthew answers question with Jesus’ last few words in his gospel: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19).

Our mandate is simply to go on, proclaiming Jesus’ life, death and resurrection to all who will listen and to discern God’s will for us as we go. I am very much looking forward to this next year with all of you here at St. James’ . . . and to the pies after the High Mass!

Mother Lucy