Are you tired of the tension and turmoil in our nation? Have all the constant uncertainties and disappointments twisted and distracted you from what's most important? Are your wants and complicated needs filling too many of your thoughts?
Then you don't have to wait any longer. FINALLY you are given ADVENT to bring you everything you need to go beyond just surviving and getting through these darkened autumn days. From the moment we drape the purple candles in pine and holly, from the strength of barely-remembered-hymns and chants that are passed on to us from centuries and generations long ago, to the Sacred Scripture readings that empower us to hold on to God’s promise to save us no matter what, we are given this Advent time to restore us to a better sense of God’s time (kairos in the Greek) and that we are a people bound for eternity. Advent prepares us not to just celebrate a birth of the King from 2000 years ago, but to help ready ourselves for the Second Coming of the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Rejoice in the fact that He came for YOU because of His love and mercy. Advent is all about our whole story of Salvation! Advent's waiting gives us the gift to remind us that we are not the center of the universe, but that God is and that God's providence will always be enough. Advent helps us to admit that no matter our life situation, we always have the choice to build up or to gripe, to live fully in Christ or to abort hope. In Advent’s stillness we know without a doubt all will be well!
By now all of our parishioners have been sent a postcard of the Advent offerings to gather for prayer and Sacraments (the schedule is on the back of this page, as well.) Please resist anything that makes you rush past Advent just to shove past Christmas. Take time to pray over the daily Scripture/Mass readings that help make sense of how the Old Testament fits perfectly with the New Testament and your everyday life. Ask why we have an Advent wreath and candles and purple highlights. Sing and celebrate the O Antiphons (Dec 17-23) with a new understanding of hope. Join us tonight (Sunday at 6:30 p.m.) for an Advent Concert of Peace featuring the St. Francis de Sales Music Ministry and The Peace Together Choir. Come to daily Mass with hearts wanting Emmanuel! Dare to come back every Advent night from 9:00-9:15 p.m. with our teens for Compline (Night Prayer) in Eucharistic Adoration. Just breathe it all in, hear her sounds, rejoice in her time…Advent is finally here!
Maranatha (Come Lord Jesus), Fr. Bline