Pastor's Message for Dec 1st
Advent: Preparing for the Coming of Jesus
The First Sunday of Advent, and the beginning or our new Church year, arrives tomorrow Dec 2nd. Advent, which means “arrival”, is a time when we as Catholics prepare ourselves for something big. The arrival of God among us in the person of Jesus!
The culmination and fulfillment of God’s desire to be with us is fully revealed in Jesus. The Word of God becomes flesh. The Son of God becomes the Son of Man so that the sons and daughters of men and women might become children of God once more. God wanted to be with us to breath the same air, feel the same sense of helplessness, experience the same pleasures and the same suffering. The incarnation of Jesus Christ is God present with His people. “The virgin shall conceive and bear a son and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” (Matt. 1:23)
We were created in love by God, but through sin we had become separated from Him. The birth of Jesus marks a major turning point in the salvation story; the arrival of Emmanuel! It culminates with his passion, death and resurrection. Through his death on the cross our sins are forgiven and we are once again restored to right relationship with God and by his resurrection on Easter Sunday, he defeats death and we are given the promise of eternal life with Him. “It’s by His coming down from heaven to earth that we’re granted forgiveness, and everlasting life in heaven if we chose to believe.” (Rom. 10:9)
Advent is our time to become more involved, more caught up in the meaning and the possibilities of life as a Christian community. I strongly encourage all of you to participate in the two programs being offered this month through FORMED. The first is a four-part video series entitled
Prepare the Way and the second is a daily
Advent Reflection program that will come to your email inbox each day. See the details on these programs below.
Let us make a special effort over the next four weeks to attend Mass, pray regularly, read scripture, teach our children and grandchildren about the true meaning of Christmas and give to charity. Let us make this Christmas a celebration of the birth of Our Saviour and the great gift of faith we have received. By striving to live in the presence of Christ during Advent, we will receive the best present of all — Our Saviour.
My brothers and sisters, true love is a reflection of the Saviour's love. May you feel much love this Christmas and, in turn, may all those you meet, feel loved by you.
Merry Christmas! Father Titus