Pastor’s Letter – Nov. 26, 2017: Bringing Advent into Our Homes and Lives
I want to thank Joan Gerdon and her minions in the Women’s Association who put on such a wonderful Holiday Fair last weekend. So much hard work and planning go into this annual event and it was enjoyed by many in the parish and community. The proceeds go to support our parish.
The liturgical year is winding down to begin again with Advent. We typically see Advent as the beginning of the liturgical year and the Feast of Christ the King literally crowns the final Sunday of the liturgical year. This Feast of Christ the King reminds us that Our Lord Jesus Christ is Lord of all time and history and that his Kingdom will come and be established at a definitive time in the future. This will be an eternal and universal kingdom, a kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love and peace. We long for this kingdom as it is quite evident that all the political powers of the world, more money, progress, science and technology have not been able to realize justice and peace.
Next Sunday, Advent begins. The Advent wreath will arrive with its four candles to mark the season as we count the weeks and days to Christmas, that great feast of Our Lord’s birth, the Incarnation. The Church will put on violet as the liturgical color to show our waiting, expectation and preparation. In the midst of the “Holiday Season” I encourage everyone to make Advent a special spiritual season, a time of grace. Let us listen closely to the Scriptures that are presented to us in the Liturgy. Let us journey with Mary the Mother of God who lived the first Advent as she carried Our Lord under her heart in her womb. This is an acceptable time, a time of salvation.
The Advent Wreath is a beautiful custom and is very suitable for the home. I remember as a kid we always had an Advent wreath on our kitchen table and would say special Advent prayers with the wreath lit before dinner. On the Dec. 3rd, the first Sunday of Advent, there will be the opportunity to make an Advent wreath for your home. This is sponsored by Marriage and Family life and is a great way to bring Advent into your home. Please see the flyer in last week’s bulletin for more information.
This year we have a few resources to offer the parish. We will make available this Sunday and next a little booklet entitled Daily Reflections for Advent and Christmas. They will be available in the vestibule. Through FORMED, the on-line Catholic resource now available to the parish, we will be highlighting material that would be beneficial for the Advent journey in the bulletin and through the parish website.
O Come, O Come Emanuel!