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Dec 05
2017

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May Advent hope lift you to peace!

Advent season is special for all Christians because, as the first reading expresses, we long to experience God. We need God’s help to turn away from sin and to be freed from things that weigh us down. In the Gospel, Jesus tells us to watch! He means that we have to keep God foremost in mind and be on our toes to recognize his presence and action around us. Advent is a time of hope and a time of preparation! I have been thinking about the event of the Annunciation and how Mary and all the Jewish people must have been hoping that God would help them. We are told that Mother Mary made the effort to be ready for God’s presence and action by reflecting on God’s Word and by prayer. Advent is a time when we are invited to follow Mary’s example and like her, we too will experience God’s love and strength more deeply in our lives.

As you know, Advent means “coming” which tells us that God is no doubt up to something! I know that this time of year we are usually up to something too! In fact, perhaps too many somethings! I can’t think of a time when we are busier than Advent. It is important for us to make the time to appreciate and enjoy our families and friends. While we are doing that, Jesus reminds us to “watch” for something special that is from God. Some of our family of faith are perhaps closer to Mary this month because they are expecting the gift of a new life in their homes. As they are waiting to welcome the child into the world, we too are watching so that we may welcome Christ more deeply into our lives and make Jesus known and loved like never before. May God bless you all!+++ Fr. Peter

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