Vol. 10 No. 12 DECEMBER 1996

Year 2000: Preparing for the Millennium


'Proclaim the year of the Lord's favour'
The Editor

Thy kingdom come on earth!
Christopher Rowland
Before we get carried away about how to celebrate the end of a millennium, should we not have a closer look at chapter twenty of the Book of Revelation which describes the coming of the millennium? Christopher Rowland examines this passage and finds that 'far from the world enjoying a celebration to mark the millennium, it stands under the judgement of God'.

Rebuilding our human communities
Timothy Radcliffe OP

Reconciliation and the millenium
Brian Davies
With this Advent the Church begins the preparation for the Jubilee Year 2000. In his apostolic letter entitled 'The Coming of the Third Millennium' (Tertio millennio adveniente) the Pope emphasises the importance of the Jubilee idea to inspire the renewal and reconciliation that we need to celebrate the millennium. Here, Brian Davies, educational consultant for CAFOD, looks at the biblical background to reconciliation and suggests some ways we may put it into practice.

Run with the vision
Pat Gaffney
'How are we Christians allowing the opportunity of the millennium to deepen our understanding of the faith?' Pat Gaffney, General Secretary of Pax Christi, describes some of the initiatives which are underway and makes some further suggestions for concrete action.

Two thousand years of the Lord
Michael Richards
Canon Michael Richards, past president of the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain and former editor of The Clery Review, wonders whether the programme set out in the Pope's letter on the millennium is not too vast: 'we should concentrate on bringing our own church communities into a closer relationship with the society to which we are historically related'.

The justice of the jubilee
Michael Czerny SJ
Michael Czerny, a Canadian Jesuit based in Rome, who is currently Secretary for Social Justice for the Jesuit order throughout the world, offers us a commentary on the Gospel encounter between Jesus and the Syro-Phoenician as a way of preparing us this Advent for the solemn Jubilee celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ two millennia ago.

Preaching and teaching the Word
Theodore N. Swanson
Ted Swanson was till recently Professor of Biblical Studies (Old Testament) at the United Theological College, Bangalore, India. Here he gives a commentary on the lectionary readings for the Sundays and Solemnities of January.

Pastoralia: Millenium preparation
Pat Jones

Are you a Euro-Catholic?
Brian O'Sullivan
Canon Brian O'Sullivan, past Chairman of the National Conference of Priests of England and Wales, describes the work of the Colloquium of European Parishes and suggests priests and people from the UK might like to get more involved in it this year at Udine in Italy.

Book reviews

Postscript: Pious supplications
Bruce Harbert

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