Advent 2010

December 7 – Tuesday, Feast of St. Ambrose, * bishop and teacher

Thought for today

Hidden CameraSo as to make the most of early morning’s crisp warm light, professional photographer Hailey Mins, camera on board, was usually gone before dawn. A devoted photographer of nature, Hailey had an ongoing quest - to find the illusive shot. It was hard work, but the artist in her absorbed the discomforts of the search.

One Friday morning, as Hailey rounded a bend along an old fire-trail, she knew she had found the shot for which she was looking. Incandescent streams of tender orange light pierced through the eucalypts and fell dappled on the near-red sandstone ridge, and right there on a black log in the foreground a gorgeous king parrot feeding unperturbed on an adjoining pink boronia. Having found the elusive shot and skilfully enfolded it, her shutter went into action.

For Hailey the walk home seemed only half the distance and she could barely wait to download her images.  Shortly later, memory stick in hand, a delighted Hailey biked over to her friends, Hamish and Stan. They were amazed that Hailey had found the shot, Stan deciding it was certainly not too early for champers. 


Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Tell me. Suppose a man has a hundred sheep and one strays; will he not leave the ninety nine on the hillside and go in search of the stray? I tell you solemnly, if he finds it, it gives him more joy than do the ninety nine that did not stray at all’
-Matthew 18:12-13


Lord, you made St. Ambrose* an outstanding teacher of the Christian faith and gave him the courage of an apostle. Raise up in your Church more leaders after your own heart, to guide us with courage and wisdom.  We ask you this through Christ our Lord.  Amen

Poetry extract

How closely the wet
glistening flesh of
this bright cut fruit
resembles all galaxies ...
- From “Poem with Orange’ by Al Young

*St Ambrose lived during the mid fourth century and was the Governor of Aemilia-Liguria in northern Italy. So respected was he in his local community that the people acclaimed him bishop even before he was baptised. Following his baptism in 374 he was ordained priest and bishop and went on to become a great Christian leader in Milan, Italy.