Advent comes around each year.
Why? This season has a threefold purpose:
- To prepare us for Christmas and the coming of the child Jesus in history
- To prepare us for the second coming of Christ, when he will destroy all sin, and bring judgement to each person according to their deeds
- To help us appreciate Jesus’ continued coming in our daily lives, whenever we open to love and healing
Honestly, most of us just focus on the Christmas aspect, as the final judgement and continued call to work for peace and justice just doesn’t touch of holiday spirit.
So please permit me to challenge and encourage you to look more deeply at the latter two.
When Christ returns will he find faith? What about in you? Not just the external practicing of the faith, but in your heart of heart; are you a loving person? Do you seek the good of others before your own? Have you reached out in mercy to those who disagree with you? Do you try to turn away from sin in your life? We are not perfect disciples and we don’t need perfection; Christ is our perfection. What we always need in order to encounter Christ and accept his salvation is a HUMBLE HEART.
When was the last time you encountered Christ in your daily life? The truth is, you can encounter him each day, and each moment when you choose to live in a manner which appreciates the power of community and the service to others. You cannot encounter Christ if you close yourself in behind locked doors and the safety of your small group. Christ told us to go out to the whole world and proclaim the good news. If we choose to isolate and exclude ourselves then we will not find peace or joy.
Prepare the Way for the Lord and you will find a healing, loving savior who brings meaning to your life and peace to your relationships. Please remember to come and join us for the celebration of the Immaculate Conception this Friday with Masses being celebrated at: 7:00 pm (Thursday Vigil), 8:30 am, and 7:00 pm.
For our young families remember St. Nicholas Day: The feast of St. Nicholas is on Dec. 6th. It is a highlight of the Advent season for many children. Each child puts out a shoe the night before St. Nicholas Day in the hope that the kind bishop — with his miter, staff, and bag of gifts — will pay a visit, usually some candy or a small religious gift. The current “Santa Claus” is modeled after St. Nicholas, but commercialism has tarnished the true story. Read about St. Nicholas in your favorite saints’ book.
I pray you have a blessed Advent,