First Sunday of Advent ~ December 2, 2018

Nov 29, 2018

My Dear Parish Family,

At this point in the year it is almost winter with shorter daylight hours, changing weather patterns, and increased busy-ness as we shop, bake, clean, decorate, etc. New seasons always call for adjustments – not just in clocks, clothing and calendars but also in the way we approach each other and the tasks of Christian living before us.

This Gospel calls us to look to the signs of the times for Christ’s coming. The second reading reminds us that who and how we live today are some of the very signs we must discern. To be sure, Christ will come at the end of time with judgment and redemption. But this ought not make us miss his many presences now with their challenge of growing in holiness and loving as he does.

The “anxieties of life” often enough blind us to the genuine signs of Christ’s presence and saving actions. This time of year is filled with all kinds of distractions. The Advent Season invites us to a more balanced perspective on what we are really about: continually opening ourselves to Christ’s presence. Thus Advent calls us to a deeper discernment about our lives and this very discernment is already a way to prepare for Christ’s comings now and in future glory.

In Christ’s Peace,

Fr. Walter