The Liturgical ending of the Gospel of Saint Mark presents not a judgement scene but rather an image of the Son of Man coming to gather “his elect” from the four winds! (13:24-32) It is not a scene of fearful tribulation, but rather a moment when creation comes to its fullest purpose. The signs of His coming are found in nature, in our communal sharing and deep within our hearts. At His coming we shall see the resurrection of the dead and the life of the new creation that is to come!
Your creation, O God, runs its appointed course, as from the ends of the earth you call a people to be your own. Confirm us in the strength of your abiding word. Steady our hearts in the time of trial, so that on the day of the Son of Man we may without fear rejoice to behold his appearing.
The 5pm Mass on Sunday evening returns the first weekend in December, the First Sunday of Advent.
Thursday is Thanksgiving Day and we will gather to celebrate the Eucharist at 10:00am that morning. I am grateful to the Knights of Columbus who are hosting a holiday meal beginning after Mass in the Social Hall for those who are need of companionship and a place to spend the feast day!
May the week ahead be filled with every grace and blessing!