Christmas 2021

Greetings in Christ & Merry Christmas!

This Advent we reflected and prayed for the grace to prepare for the coming of the Lord into our lives and hearts through the Mother of Our Lord, the Blessed Virgin Mary. This Christmas we celebrate God visiting His People, becoming one like us, a baby born into a human family, the Holy Family, so that He can save us according to His Will. This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) and the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. As Scott Hahn reflects in his column for this Sunday on the second column of this page, God the Father has done all of this so that we all may belong to His Family. He is our God and we are His sons and daughters. Thanks be to God! We belong to Him through Holy Mother Mary and through Holy Mother Church! May we all find true meaning for our lives and familiesin the ultimate Family of God’s Love & Life in Jesus’ Father’s House, the Church.

My first Christmas here, I am trying to respect each parish’s traditions to the extent possible but also to improve upon them. A church document says clearly that we are not to ever “obstruct” the Altar. It says this because, as I taught the Altar Servers, it is an Altar, not a table to set something on. It is actually a symbol of Jesus Christ Himself. He is the Altar of Sacrifice! We had room to easily make the necessary modifications in Sacred Heart Church. Hopefully, our first try at this works. We are much more limited for space in St. Pius X Church. It will take much more planning and work next year to try to remain faithful to the Church on this matter. I do not tell people “no” unless I have to. Obedience to the Church is important to me. I hope it is for you too. Thank you for your understanding.

December 18, 2021

This Fourth Sunday of Advent Cycle C has us looking forward to Christmas in a very distinctively Pro-Life way. It is the Visitation Joyful Mystery of the Most Holy Rosary. The Blessed Virgin Mary went in haste to the hill country to help her elderly cousin Elizabeth in her last three months of pregnancy with John the Baptist. The Gospel proclamation (Luke 1:39-45) gives us the account. The infant in the womb of Elizabeth, John the Baptist, leaped when he sensed the presence of Jesus as an unborn human baby in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Both mother’s recognized this as confirmations of the Real Presence of Jesus as brought into Elizabeth’s presence by Jesus’ Mother Mary. We can pray that we too receive a grace of confirmation in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Tabernacle which, like a womb, contains Jesus as the Blessed Sacrament. This will help us to look forward to celebrating Christmas, Christ really coming among us at Mass, because, by first coming among humanity as a human, Jesus offers his human flesh and blood for us to eat in the Eucharist for our salvation to this day until the end of time at Mass in memory of Him!

December 5, 2021

December 5, 2021

 One of the most important ways to prepare for the coming of Jesus Christ into our lives in a life-changing way is to go to confession on a regular basis. A good general rule is once per month. I schedule many more opportunities than usual during Advent season for confessions so that we can have a more meaningful celebration of Christmas (Christ-Mass). We open ourselves up all the more to receive the Gift of Joy when we have a right relationship with God by responding to John the Baptist’s proclamation of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Like St. Paul in today’s second reading (Phil 1: 4-6, 8- 11), I am confident “...that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus” provided that you never give up on God’s mercy for you. As it says in the Gospel Acclamation for today (Luke 3:4, 6), “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths: all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”

 

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Published on  July 6th, 2022

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