2nd Sunday of Advent
Every one of us has this inbuilt desire for happiness; it is part of human nature - that happiness comes in the end from being loved. That is what every one of us, every human being wants, to be unconditionally loved, to know that there is someone who loves me, someone I can give myself to without any fear or doubt, someone into whose hands I can put myself because that person loves me, they care for me, because no one in the world is more important to them than me. Our hearts, our souls, cry out for this love. And when it is missed, when we don't recognise it or can't or won't see it, a huge void opens up inside us - an emptiness which we are driven to fill at all costs.
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Church has seen a prophecy of Mary, the Mother of God in these words. It is to Mary that the Father with great confidence entrusts the Saviour of the World and as the Saviour hangs on the Cross it is with great confidence that he entrusts the Church to Our Lady. From Heaven our Lady ceaselessly open her arms to all the needy who call upon her, and in the glory of heaven Our Lady enjoys a share in all that, in co-operation with her Son she worked for on earth.