Monday, November 21, 2011

Advent Is Here!

Dear Parishioners,

It’s hard to believe that another church year begins this weekend.

Advent is a time of anticipation and preparation.  We certainly commemorate the Birth of Jesus Christ once again.  But the Church reminds us that Christ will come again.  When?

Have we as Christians become too complacent about this teaching of our faith?  What if Jesus did come back tomorrow?

I guess some people would panic:  “When was the last time I was in Church?”  “I haven’t been to confession in years!”  “My life is not really in order right now!”  “I never did forgive my dad!” “I haven’t spoken to my sister in years!”  “I’ve been preoccupied with so many things and never take the time to pray!”  “I really do not know Jesus Christ.”

Jesus warns us “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come.”  (Mark 13:33) We are told by St. Paul that the day of the Lord “will come like a thief at night. “ (1 Thessalonians 5:2)

I do not want people to become fanatical like those who run around with signs claiming that “the end of the world is near.”  However, as Christians we need to live in the presence of the Lord.  Christ is aware of us and there for us at all times.  Unfortunately, as humans we can not consciously recall this at every moment, nor do we always live appropriately even if we believe it.

Advent is here.  Don’t waste the time by getting caught up in all of the materialism that the world is concerned about and sells us everyday.  Take time for your spiritual life.  Take time for Jesus Christ.

I find that when my priorities are in order and Christ is forefront in my life that everything else seems to fall into place.  I may have to learn this lesson over and over again but someday I may finally get it right.

Hopefully, it won’t be too late.

Fr. Ed Namiotka

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