Welcome to the Cathedral Church of Saints Peter & Paul, Clifton.

 

The upgrading of the heating and lighting in the Cathedral is now underway. The Cathedral will be open for Masses and Confessions at the weekend, but will be closed at all other times (including between Masses). Weekday Masses are now celebrated in the James Room, though access to the upper car parks is restricted. Thank you for your understanding and support during this project.

 

 

Sunday 10th December 2017
Second Sunday of Advent, Year B
Isaiah 40: 1-5, 9-11     2 Peter 3: 8-14     Mark 1: 1-8

 

Major Reconstruction?

Apart from people who build motorways, most of us have no idea of the enormous amount of work involved in shifting huge swathes of earth to make way for a new road. Clearing a path and making the route straight is quite a task, and it’s soon forgotten by the motorist who expects the roads to run smoothly.

So clearing a path is something which most of us get round to only once a year, and even then it’s only a few yards of paving stone outside the back kitchen!

This gives us a false sense of security in Advent when we are repeatedly told to clear the path for the coming of the Lord. We can end up thinking that it’s just some minor chore which we will get round to and which won’t take us long to polish off.

But, in fact, preparing the way for the Lord is motorway stuff. It’s no mere spring-cleaning. It’s not tidying the garden. It’s about a constant, deep-digging, dirt-removing look at the way we live our lives. It demands a willingness to recognise where we have gone off the track, and a determination to do something about it.

To be baptised by John the Baptist was a life changing decision. To be baptised in Jesus Christ is to play with fire and the Holy Spirit. And to renew our baptismal fervour in Advent is the only real way to prepare for Christmas.

 

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Scripture Reflections (below) © Peter J Harrison 2017