PASTOR’S CORNER December 7, 2010
This weekend we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, our God’s great gift to the people of the Americas. More people visit Our Lady’s Shrine in Guadalupe than any other shrine. Within 7 years of Mary appearing at Tepeyac eight million native Mexicans were converted to Christianity through her intercession. On the mantel of the Cathedral are written these words from Ps. 147: “The Lord had not done this for any other nation.” The scriptures remind us today that within one generation of the death of Christ the whole known world was experiencing the astonishing love of God through the work of zealous Christians focused on sharing the Good New of Jesus Christ. We are the recipients of 2000 years of solid faith tradition and sacramental grace. This Advent we are challenged to recognize not only our sinfulness but our holiness and proudly witness to the mercy and love of God. Today as we struggle to embrace our “illegal alien” brothers and sisters we are reminded that as the “Americas” we are a “blessed nation under God” and therefore expected to share all our blessing.
This is the great witness of love (repentance) which John demanded if we are to believe Isaiah and live in Jesus. Knowing this we must take the next step which is even more demanding of our generosity. Our loving Father awaits and expects us to spend quality time with Him during this Advent and Christmas season. Time spent with the Lord is the greatest gift we can receive and give for its effects affect all generations to follow. What is the message, tradition and legacy we will hand on? Hopefully it will be: “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again!!!”
My thanks go out to all those who, again, took the initiative and made or parish the best stop on the “Christmas in Middle” celebration. Lights, music, entertainment and hospitality were and continue to be the hallmark of our parish, these are most precious gifts.
Today the second collection is for the “Retired Religious” who never really retire. Our Church still depends on their prayers and they depend on us remembering them. If you have not already done so please make an extra donation to help them live well.
There will be a special “spiritual shopping” experience on Dec. 21st. The cost has already been paid, all you have to do is show up and experience the reconciling love of the Lord Jesus.