8th December

Second Sunday of Advent

Christ is King

Dear Friends,

            At the risk of annoying you, I return this week again to the Infancy Narrative as presented in Matthew. There are 90 chapters adding all four gospels together. We find the account of Jesus’ birth in two chapters of Matthew and in two chapters of Luke. Yet in music, art and literature as well as drama, these four chapters account for at least 40% of all the text and image of Jesus available in our day. If you were brave enough to ask anybody, have they ever heard of Jesus, you would get a yes or no. If the answer was yes and you enquired “what do you know about him?” the likelihood is it would be some image or story about his birth or death. These four chapters become the bridge between the New and Old Testaments. The image of a bridge helps us get from one side to the other, we can also meet people on the bridge and discuss the merits of going across and what there is to experience. In Jesus’ own time and soon after there was no need for this bridge image as his life was told by Jews to Jews. But soon the Gentiles (non-Jews) entered the scene and so they had to be taught that this Jesus was the Saviour of the World and the Son of God, not just the birth of a baby story. The characters of the Old Testament meet the characters of the New Testament, yet it’s all one story, God’s entering the stage of human life as one of us.

This is particularly important as we approach Christmas. Look at the cards, read the words, listen to the music. There is very strong evidence that even among Christians, there is gross ignorance of the Old Testament, or even worse that it is now irrelevant. Matthew restores this reality in Chapters 1 and 2. He frames the life of Jesus from the beginning of time, best expressed in the words used by the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, which says, “The Genesis of Jesus, son of David, son of Abraham”. From now on Jesus would trump even Abraham.

  • The Advent Penitential Rite at OLQH will be at 7.30pm on Wednesday 11th December, at St Tarcisius on 12th December at 7.30pm, and at St Dunstan’s, Woking on 13th December at 7.30pm.
  • The Year of the Word has begun. In conjunction with the Bible Society, a special edition is available. It’s FREE.
  • There has been a consignment of booklets “The Journey to 2030”, of which there were only a few last weekend. FREE.
  • Christmas Mass Times: Tuesday 24th December  6pm + Children’s Nativity                                                                            Tuesday 24th December 11pm Mass preceded by Carols at 10.30pm

 Wednesday 25th December 8.30am Mass and 10.30am Mass

  • The Bishops of England and Wales encourage all who can vote to vote this week.

Finally: God is everywhere, even though we can’t see him. He even opens the doors at the supermarket.       

God Bless You All,

Fr John

Daily Liturgy


Christmas Mass Times

Tuesday 24th December, 6pm: Children's Nativity

Tuesday 24th December, 10:30 Carols followed by Mass at 11pm (tip! arrive early)

Wednesday 25th December, 8.30am Mass; 10:30am Mass

Sat Confessions   12:00  
Sun 8:30  
Mon 8:00
Tue 19:30
Wed 9:30
Thu 9:30
Fri 9:30

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Please pray for all those who have died recently

 Arlan Calderon, Peter Pointet, Jer Harrington, Anita Farrer, Charlie Estrada

May they rest in peace.

Please pray for all those who are sick at this time

Marie Bellizzi, Teresa Brown, Robert Burbridge, Lally Clarke, Joan Cottrell, Florence Cox, Zita Felber, Hermanthe Fernando, Roy Higham, Elizabeth Mary Jones, Gill Kirwin, Maura Morris, Miguel Montoro, Paul Pullen, Wilson Rabanos, Donal Reidy, Margaret Sant, Colin and Gill Shaw, Pat Sibley, Penny Skelton, Alfonsa Varghese, Betty Viet and Mark Wardell and all those named on the notice board in Our Lady’s Shrine.

May they find consolation in their suffering.