1st Sunday of Advent

Dear Parishioners,
It seems that we spend a great amount of our lives waiting for something. Waiting to “grow up” when we are
children, waiting to finish school when we are students, waiting for the “right person to come along” when we are unmarried, waiting for “the promotion” to come when we are working,
waiting for retirement when we get older, and waiting for death when our life in this world is complete. We wait during these days of Advent to celebrate the coming of the One who will save us in time and who will be the fulfillment of all our waiting and longing.
The theologian Paul Tillich once reflected, “Our time is a time of waiting; waiting is a special destiny. And every time is a time of waiting, waiting for the breaking in of eternity. All time runs forward. All time, both history and in personal life,
is expectation. Time itself is waiting, waiting not for another time, but for all that is eternal.”
Jesus is the eternal One who comes to bring salvation and his day draws near (Jeremiah 33:14-16). He promises that justice will prevail and that we will find in him safety and security! The eternal One fills us with boundless love and strengthens our hearts that we may be blameless and holy at his second coming (1 Thessalonians 3:12)!
Advent makes our hearts yearn for that which is holy and eternal!

God our Savior, you utter a word of promise and hope and hasten the day of justice and freedom, yet we live in a world forgetful of your word, our watchfulness dulled by the cares of life. Keep us alert. Make us ready to look on your Son when he comes with great power and glory. Make us blameless and ready to stand secure on the day of his coming.

I thank you, in advance, for your participation in our Angel Tree which will so generously touch the lives of children, families, and the elderly who are confined in our parish’s
nursing facilities.

May the week ahead be filled with every grace and blessing!

Father Bob

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