Praise be Jesus Christ now and forever!
“In every prayer I utter, I rejoice as I plead on your behalf at the way you all have continually helped promote the gospel from the very first day. I am sure of this much, that he who has begun the good work in you will carry it through to completion, right up to the day of Christ Jesus…My prayer is that your love may more and more abound…that you may learn to value the things that really matter up to the very day of Christ.
How many are busy writing Christmas cards to relatives, friends and acquaintances? The thoughts expressed, speak of a deep, deep concern for the joy of Christ’s presence to touch their lives. At times we might not think twice about the reason for sending a card.
Consider the reasons St. Paul referred to as he wrote the Philippians. He wrote about his prayer for the new Christian community. He offered encouragement for them to grow in their lives as disciples of the Lord. That prayer motivates us as we begin this second week of Advent. Advent reminds us of the past coming, but directs us to today and tomorrow where the Lord is leading us. May we find a quiet moment to reflect upon Paul’s wish for us today as we anticipate the coming of Christ with His grace and peace. May we seek out the Sacrament of Reconciliation as part of our Advent.
Lord our God, with the birth of Your Son, Your glory breaks on the world. Through the hours of the darkened earth we Your people watch for the coming of Your promised Son. As we wait, give us a foretaste of the joy that You will grant us when the fullness of His glory has filled the earth, who lives and reigns with You forever and ever. Lord, bless and strengthen Your people. May we remain faithful to You and always rejoice in Your mercy. We ask all this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.
May you have a Blessed and Joyous Christmas Season!
May God bless you and keep you always in His Love! Please pray for our parish during this Advent time. Come, Lord Jesus!
Listen to my homily today:
Joyfully in the Lord
Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Arnister
Pastor, St. Rose Parish