Reflection for 1st Sunday of Advent 2019

My dear Friends:

Advent, 2019 is here!! I was reading a very interesting reflection on Advent by Fr Dennis Hamm S.J., in which he mused that if we were still using the dating system popularised by Hippolytus of Rome, our year would be 7498 anno mundi!

The sixth century monk, Dionysius Exiguus contended that the great event of the incarnation in Christian Europe should be central to its history, “and to date events prior to Christ by counting backward, leaving the normal forward count for the events after that first Advent”. One and a half centuries later, the Venerable Bede completed this dating system’s popularisation with BC/AD (BCE/CE today!

The Incarnation was indeed perceived as a life and Time changing event – and Advent a time to prepare our hearts to experience that change in our own personal histories and the world in which we live! As sons and daughters of God, wrapped in his love, His Word burning within us, we would become children of the Light, transforming this world. In the words of today’s first reading: They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; one nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again. O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!

That is our challenge! During this Advent (AD!), we shall try to address this personal and global challenge in our Tuesday evening sessions on the ways in which we can embody HOPE! The birth of Christ was a date changing event in Europe of Europe. Let us see how this Advent can become a date-changing, and life-changing event in our personal histories!

Love, Peace and Blessings


Fr. Antony

The parish is part of the Diocese of Portsmouth. Portsmouth Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust registered charity 246871.

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