Third Sunday of Advent ~ December 16, 2018

Dec 14, 2018

My Dear Parish Family,

Last Sunday’s Gospel directed our attention to the end times and gave us a glimpse of those times, both in terms of the calamities that will befall those who are not ready as well as the promise of safety and security for those who are vigilant. This Sunday both the Gospel and the first Reading give us a glimpse of the fullness of the end days. Our natural tendency is to want to get to the fullness and bypass the hard work of daily dying to self that is required to reach the glory and joy that is promised.

Let’s be honest: it’s not just the busy-ness of Christmas preparations now in full December fury that distract us from our ongoing work of repentance and forgiveness. Every day of the year we tend to be distracted by mountains of work, paths of indecision, valleys of doubt and fear. This would be a good Sunday of Advent to take some special time to reflect on God’s forgiveness and mercy and how it is God who gives sure direction to our lives and will eventually bring us home to eternal glory if we are faithful partners in the Gospel.  Our Advent watchfulness and waiting include taking time to rest in the security of God’s nearness. Part of the work of Advent is smoothing our relationships with each other so that we can see the nearness of God – within each other.

In Christ’s Peace,

Fr. Walter