From Our Pastor – Dec. 3, 2017 Bulletin Message
Looking Forward To It
This weekend begins a time of anticipation and preparation, in earnest, for what we celebrate on December 15th … the next episode of the “Star Wars” saga, The Last Jedi.
I will admit that I am looking forward to seeing the film with my brothers-in-law and nephews, those of the “new generation” “Star Wars” fans. While I am not a big-time “Star Wars” guru, the stories did grab my attention as a child growing up in the 1980s, and it’s kind of neat to re-visit this nostalgia, to appreciate the longevity of the story lines, to appreciate the ingenuity of the newness of it, and to be entertained for a few hours.
While this is, hopefully, a good cinematic experience, it is a fleeting experience, and really very surface level when considering the depths of the total human experience as created in God’s divine image and love.
Advent offers us a fantastic opportunity to genuinely enter ever more deeply in the life that God desires us to live, united as brothers and sisters in Jesus.
As Deacon Al and I spoke of during homilies last week, what are we going to do individually and communally to truly prepare for the celebration of the coming of Our Savior?
If we only occasionally attend Mass, perhaps we attend weekly during Advent. If we are perpetually late to Mass, perhaps we make a conscious effort to prepare just 10 minutes earlier than usual. If we usually leave Mass early, perhaps we simply wait 5 or 10 more minutes until after the final blessing. If we don’t consider much what we wear to Mass, perhaps we re-visit the idea of wearing “Sunday’s Best” out of respect for our God, our sisters and brothers in the pews, and in what we are entering into when we celebrate Eucharist.
I am challenging myself this Advent to spend more quiet time with Him in Eucharistic Adoration, more deeply discerning His will for me, and to therefore spend more time with those who are homebound, ill, and lonely. It is way too easy for me to get caught up in sending and responding to emails, text messages, and voice mail messages (all important, for sure), but nothing beats true “face time” with Jesus, and with the people God places in our lives.
I encourage you to authentically discern God’s will for you this Advent.
May the Lord be with you!
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Kevin C. Fazio