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Today’s Readings – Saturday of week 1 of Advent - First Reading

Commentary on Isa 30:19-21, 23-26

The promises of the First Reading are shown being fulfilled in the person of Jesus in the Gospel. The first part of the reading consists of words of consolation for the people of Zion, who are God’s people. They shall weep no more and the Lord will respond to their cries for help. This is so even though "the Lord may give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction".

This is always a mystery for many: how a God who loves us so much can allow us to endure pain and hardships. Two reactions one encounters are either that God wants us to suffer, that he sends us sufferings or else that a God who tolerates such sufferings is not a loving God at all or simply does not exist.

Yet, if we reflect, we will understand … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Saint Francis Xavier - 3 December

Francis Xavier was born on 7 April 1506 in his family’s small castle in Navarre, a Basque area in the Pyrenees. In September 1525 he went to begin studies at the College of Sainte-Barbe in the University of Paris. His roommate was Peter Faber (Pierre Favre) from th … Continue


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