From the Pastor’s Desk,

Our lives today are not inconvenienced by darkness or the winter cold as in the early days of the Christianity.
We find winter a mere inconvenience with our modern technology. But, the darkness’s are no less real in our day and
time, and are perhaps more terrible than that of our ancestors in faith. For many, the Advent days are frantic and
hurried as they keep step with our culture’s Christmastime demands. For most of us Christmas touches some memory of
childhood wonder and reminds us of those special times that will never be recaptured. Our culture’s expectation of
Christmas contrasts sharply with the experience of longing for the coming of Christ. For all of us there is a communal
darkness of a time of war and terrorism, our consumer driven society, and selfishness leading to many forms of injustice.
Into all of these emotions comes the Advent proclamation of the Lord’s coming as the Son of Man.
Advent is a celebration of God’s promise that the Lord will indeed come and we as Christians need to make ready
his way. The Advent attitudes are to be joyous and hope filled, trusting in a loving Father who sent His Son. Many of our
Advent readings throughout the Sunday as well as the weekday readings refer to events long past and persons
associated with Jesus’ first coming. They also include some of Israel’s finest poetry and exciting sections from the early
church’s classic collection of letters. Advent’s focus, however, is not on the past but on the future. Advent sees those events
and persons as symbols and models for a new advent which stretches far before us into the future of human history. It is
at some future time in history when God’s plan for humanity will be fulfilled. My homily last weekend reflected the
readings of the first Sunday of Advent of waiting and watching and being prepared for Christ’s coming.
In our path through Advent, we are made very much aware of the theme of promise and fulfillment. This biblical
theme is fundamental for Advent, in which we see the present time as a fulfillment with regard to past history and as a
promise of future fulfillment. The New Testament times could look back to the Old Testament and see in the writings the
promise of what was now fulfilled in its gospel experience. Today we see how the New Testament itself is fulfilled in its
daily unfolding, full of surprises, guided by the Holy Spirit.
As we journey through the Advent Season with the weekend liturgies, please remember that Christ is the reason for
all that we do and are about. Yes, we celebrate His birth with all that Church offers in her liturgies, but in our daily
secular lives, please do not forget He is the reason for all that we are about. The beautiful nativities, the trees, the lights,
the cards, the gifts, the special foods, the music is all here for one purpose to help us prepare to celebrate the birth of
the Son of God.

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