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Pastor's Message

“Rejoice in the Lord always, I say it again rejoice!”

These words of St. Paul echo the sentiment of the Church for this third Sunday of Advent. We rightly rejoice as we joyfully await the imminent coming of our Savior ... our day of Redemption. It is now just over a week before we celebrate the birth of Jesus and this is indeed reason for rejoicing, for the birth of Jesus ushered in the Kingdom of God on earth and opened up for us the offer of Salvation! What could possibly prevent us from this call to rejoice?

Many in our current time and culture, however, often experience great anxiety, stress, sadness, and even depression, which tragically leads some to despair. Such sadness comes from the lack of preparation for Christ—a failure to recognize that God has visited us and is among us! Culturally we can easily be caught up with the material aspects of the season, without proper reflection on the reality to which we are called.

The readings this third Sunday of Advent point us to the truth and glory that awaits us, “The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior; he will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love” (Zep 3:17). St. Paul reminds us to “Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God” (Phil 4:6). With our eyes set on Christ and our prayers of petition raised to him, comes our reason for rejoicing!

John the Baptist prepares the people for the imminent coming of Jesus Christ. The people come with the anxieties of life, weighed down by sin and seeking a means to freedom and peace. They want what John is preaching! The Baptist reveals to us that rejecting sin and seeking virtue leads to joy. The people come asking, “What should we do?” John responds with exhortations of selfless service and renunciation of worldly goods and glory.

The means to redemption and rejoicing are present to us today and everyday, through the sacraments. We simply only need to ask, “What should we do?” Jesus responds to us himself—come to me in prayer, confess and be reconciled, and seek me in Holy Communion.

—Fr. Dallas

  


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Weekend Masses: 
Saturday 4 p.m. 
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