Happy New Year? Now? Yes! - The First Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of a new Church Liturgical Year - in this four week period we are given a fresh chance to prepare ourselves for what lies ahead. Short vision - preparing for Christmas - the Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Long vision - preparing for that time - somewhere in the future - when we will meet Our Lord Face to Face - the end of our life - the end of the world. Advent is not a penitential season - rather a time of reflection to see who we are - what we have done - where we are headed - what we need to do - to be ready for Christ's Second Coming.
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Friday, November 20, 2020
Everyone is waiting for some sort of a miracle. For the majority - an end to the pandemic - for others - personal needs - new jobs - financial relief - physical and spiritual healings. Like most people - I am not the best model of quiet waiting. Since this pandemic started I have been preoccupied with so many things - primarily - avoiding people - keeping my risk to a minimum. Obviously I am not alone. Avoiding family - close friends - neighbors - wearing a mask when necessary - hiding from life. These past months have created tension - stress - concern not only for my own well being - also for my spouse - children. On top of all this - I recently had knee surgery which has placed me in a higher risk category. Adding surgical pain - physical therapy which challenges my body - lack of sleep - I am ready for a miracle.