During this season, we will hear 2 messages. One message and set of values will come to us from the media and shops: we must move faster, stay busy, and spend more money on those ‘must have’ presents so that we will have the ‘perfect’ Christmas, as if such a thing exists. We will be told that unless we buy more and more for Christmas, we won’t be happy. This is ‘fake news.’ But a very different message and set of values can be seen in the Advent liturgy: prepare a way for the Lord, and get ourselves ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus. This is most definitely ‘Good News’! – www.oblates.ie

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