From the Pastor's Desk ~ December 23 - 24, 2017

Dec 22, 2017

My Dear Parish Family,

Some “annunciations” are immediately recognizable and easily invoke response. For example, a woman announcing to her husband and parents that she is pregnant elicits a joyful response, an unemployed father announcing to his family that he has finally landed a job elicits relief and hope; a struggling student announcing to parents that he or she passed a difficult exam elicits a celebration. Other annunciations, however, are not so easily evident. We need to keep ourselves open to recognizing and responding to them.

God announces divine Presence and salvation to us in many ways, but always in ways we can come to recognize and understand. Often those annunciations come through others. Mary learned through Gabriel that she would conceive the Son of God by the power of the Holy Spirit and responded with obedience and trust. Like Mary, we must learn in our daily living to respond with openness and willingness to God’s perpetual annunciations to us.

In our daily living, God may announce to us through a friend’s remark that our life is off track and we need to change certain habits and behaviors. Or perhaps a priest or vowed religious asks if we’ve ever thought about a call to ordination or vows. Or someone in need approaches us and we respond with care. In all these annunciations God is present, calling forth a response from us. How we respond to these messengers from God is how we respond to God.

In Christ’s Peace,

Fr. Walter