Shortly, the ‘Year of St Joseph’ will end. It has not had the impact that was hoped for, but maybe in its final week we could reflect on the life he had and on his guardianship of the child Jesus growing up in Nazareth. The skills that his trade might have engendered, the patience, endurance, imagination, accuracy, plus strength, honesty and the generosity one would expect of his role. We hear so little of him in the Gospels, but we do know his family took refuge in Egypt, so he would understand the plight of today’s refugees. His loyalty to Mary when her child was conceived shows us a wise and honourable man, willing to go the extra mile for those in his care. All men, fathers especially, would not find a better example to imitate.
With COP26 still in our minds I found an imaginative guide to things we could all do in our parishes, based on Pope Francis’ Laudato Si. It is still being built, but is full of ideas for ecology, energy saving and more: https://journeyto2030.org/.
The polling stations in Old Bexley and Sidcup open on December 2nd to elect a new MP. The new member of the House of Commons will need our prayers and trust, whatever our allegiances, so that they will bring real change in our society and the wider world. It is a Christian duty to vote and support whoever is elected if we want to keep a free and charitable country.
May this season leading to Christmas be holy and joy-filled. Don’t forget those saddened by tragedy and loss so that our care might show them the true meaning for our celebrations with friends and family.
Calendar for December, Ordinary Time II, Year C
3rd St Francis Xavier
4th St John Damascene
7th St Ambrose
8th The Immaculate Conception of Mary Solemnity
10th Our Lady of Loreto
13th St Lucy Martyr
15th St John of the Cross
25th Nativity of Our Lord
27th St John Apostle & Martyr, Feast
28th The Holy Innocents Martyrs
29th St Thomas of Canterbury Martyr, Feast
30th Mary, Holy Mother of God Solemnity