By heeding the prophet, we discover how repentance brings us closer to Jesus Christ. When barriers between God and his people are removed, justice and peace blossom on earth.

John the Baptist’s call to prepare for the coming of the Lord is most appropriate. Before Christmas we can be so busy that we do not have time for what is really important. We can be moving so quickly that we miss seeing what is precious, what is beautiful. By missing it, we are not renewed; we don’t encourage it to blossom. In my own life the distractions of urgent (but not necessarily important) things increase at this time of year.

Growing In Christ

We prepare for the Lord by first stopping to discover which parts of our lives need forgiveness. For our continued growth in Christ, we should also seek to become aware of opportunities to share love with family and friends. Time spent paying attention to one another slows us down. It gives us the chance to exercise patience, to appreciate one another and build up each other in love.

In these simple acts, we discover what is most precious in our lives. And we begin to imitate Christ. And this is the best way to prepare for his coming.

A Question

“Welcome one another, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” (Romans 15.7). What does this kind of hospitality mean in our lives? What opportunities does it encourage?

Parish Penance Service

As beloved children, we may claim God’s forgiveness, calling  upon him to tear down the barricades that our foolishness and pride have put between us and his love. Our parish Penance Service on Thurs. Dec. 15 at 7:00pm at St. Monica Church.

Let us pause, reflect, repent and love so that the joy of Christmas may be with us every day.