Dear Parishioners,

It is clear that God speaks to us in our dreams! He comes to us when we are filled with joy and rejoices with us. He comes to us when we are filled with fear and anxiety to fill our hearts with hope and to touch our minds with possibilities.

Saint Joseph, filled with anxiety, fell asleep hoping only to get through the night. However, an angel of the Lord appeared to him to show him the way (Luke 1:18-24). He was given the gift of understanding, the name “his son” was to be called, and the reassurance that God was with him.

As the ‘night time” of Advent draws to an end and as the dawn of Christmas appears on the horizon, we are called to trust that God is always with us, and, when we are most open to hearing his voice, he will speak to us in our joys and our challenges. Thus we pray:

Eternal God, in the Psalms of David, in the words of the prophets, in the dream of Joseph your promise is spoken.  At last, in the womb of the Virgin Mary, your Word takes flesh. Teach us to welcome Jesus, the promised Emmanuel, and to preach the good news of his coming, that every age may know him as the source of redemption and grace.  We ask this through him whose coming is certain, whose day draws near: your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever!

May God, by whose grace we have placed our faith in the First Coming of His Only Begotten Son, and yearn for his coming again, bless us by the radiance of Christ’s Advent and enrich us with his every blessing!

Fr. Bob

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