TUESDAY OF THE FOURTH WEEK OF ADVENT
-From Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s Who Do You Say I Am?: Daily Reflections on the Bible, the Saints. and the Answer That Is Christ
We are a Church of new beginnings, and Advent powerfully reminds us of that. We have a God who loves fresh starts, who always wants us to have a future full of hope,and who forever gives us another chance. We have a God who, no matter how long the darkness of night might seem, always causes the sun to rise the next morning. That’s the hope Advent brings as we prepare for the arrival of the Light of the World, the brightness of whose birth shattered the midnight darkness of a cold night in the fields of Bethlehem. Do you find yourself in the dark? Are you suffering from sickness or despair? Are you searching for something you can’t quite find? Are you overwhelmed with loneliness? Are money problems causing you anxiety? Have you experienced the death of someone dear? Do you feel discouraged? Is your family hurt by addiction? Does it seem to you at times that it is all over and you can’t go on? It’s not! Christ Jesus is your beginning. The celebration of the birth of the only one who can definitively answer the question every human being poses is nigh. Hope is the message that the tiny baby in the stable brings. It’s morning in the Church. The darkness has passed. The cycle of God’s love and salvation is starting all over again!
Reminder: The Church lights are being kept on for you from 6:15 to 9:15 tonight if you would like to celebrate the Sacrament of Confession.
Father Bill +