December 08, 2013 Pastor Corner
NEWS FLASH! The 12 Days of Christmas Gifts now cost $27,393.17. This is an increase of 7.7% over last year.
This week in the “For Better Or For Worse” comic we see young Mike Patterson looking through a catalogue and saying “Hey, I want, Hey, I want…..” His mother tells him that Christmas is a time for Giving and he replies: “I know I want someone to give me one of these and one of these and one of these….”
In the midst of all the confusion and misdirection that attacks and surround this Holy Season of Advent we hear the words of St. Paul and the gift that he prays that we will accept: “May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to think in harmony with one another, in keeping with Christ Jesus, that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
John the Baptist reminds us, again, of the adventius, the coming of the new wind, which is the Holy Spirit. This Holy Spirit will prepare us for the gift of forgiveness which is the true “reason for the season”.
Advent is time of active listening and waiting. 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!!