December 01, 2013 Pastor Corner
So quickly we went from the Feast of Christ the King to Thanksgiving and now to Advent. With Christ bearing down on us like an out of control freight train we need this season of Advent to refocus, it is time of active listening and waiting. It is a time to reflect on our own spiritual journey and come to the realization that our only permanent home is in heaven.
The Gospel this week especially reminds us that each of us must have a personal relationship with God. We cannot get into heaven on the coat tails of someone else, no matter how much they love us and we them. Active waiting means that we celebrate our Christianity each day and realize that like Mary and Joseph we are an “Expectant Family” and are called to do everything we can to be healthy in body, mind, and spirit. Advent is a time of taking our personal inventory and making sure that the Christ child will find a welcome in our lives. This week John the Baptist roars through the Scriptures reminding us that he is a messenger of both promise and doom. In the desert of the material and secular world his is the only voice that really makes sense.
1st Century Palestine, much like it is today, was an area torn by war, ravaged by disease and devoid of hope. The messages of John were a beacon of hope in a desperate world and people flocked to hear him challenge them, berate them, humble them and console them. His message is ever more meaningful and necessary today because it is the eternal message of the Creator God who demands our worship and obedience, hear it clearly: “I send my messenger before you to prepare the way: a herald’s voice in the desert, crying, ‘Make ready the way of the Lord, clear him a straight path.’” Is the path to your inner sanctum clear and clean? Try Reconciliation and adoration, they work!!
Many thanks to all who have donated to the Philippine Relief effort. So far we have raised almost $6000 for the Diocesan Relief Effort and another $4000 for Fr. Cosme to rebuild his village. Donations can be made directly to Fr. Cosme.
An ancient Aramian text gives a new twist on what the angels really sang at the first Christmas: “Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra pax et hilaritas hominibus.” (glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and hilarity among all people). Have a joyful Advent Season!!