This Week's Message from
Advent is upon us and the march toward Christmas begins! What exactly does this mean for us? God gives us this time as His gift. The preparations for the Solemnity of Christmas are about God’s passionate love for all the universe. He offers Himself and becomes like us. As much as we can be preoccupied with all the fixings, preparations and worries of this Christmas season, to have an awareness that God will become like you and I is inspiring! He will take on our human nature, share in our incredible joys, and at the same time, He will embrace the moments when we are at our worst.
Mark’s Gospel reflection for the First Sunday of Advent is not taken from the beginning of his writing, but rather from his thirteenth chapter… almost at the end of his entire Gospel. This text is actually closer to the Crucifixion than the Incarnation. Why then do we proclaim this particular Gospel on the first week of Advent that also marks the beginning of our new liturgical year? Advent is really more than just anticipating the birth of Christ (something we know has already occurred in history). God has broken into the world and the impact of that event continues to be felt for 2000 plus years!
The message we hear today is given to us on four separate occasions… be on “watch!” What kind of mindset is this Gospel trying to shape in our spiritual hearts? We anticipate this happening once again with Christ’s second coming. Why should we reflect on this? Because it is Christ’s promise and the hope of our faith! When Jesus comes again, He will make everything new. This is a game changer! The Advent season is not just about remembering things from the past, but it is also meant to help bring our thoughts and attention to the present moment and the future. If Christ is coming again, and we know this is to happen, how then will our lives be changed?
Just a hint in regard to our Advent living!! The Gospel illustrates for us just what this watching should mean… we are to not only watch for Christ, but to be Christ! His anticipated second coming suggests we prepare properly by taking on His life. This entails our examining how we live, love and serve. It could mean being more for others than for ourselves and it might lead us all to a deeper sense of awe in our prayer and awareness of God in our daily lives. Have a great Advent season that will speak to us proportionately by how much we enter into it!
How do pancakes smothered
in warm syrup, sausage, milk, juice or coffee sound for a Sunday morning?
Holy Name Pancake Breakfast with St. Nick
Sunday, December 14th from 9 AM until 1 PM
in Hanson Hall
Breakfast is offered at a great price!
Adults... $5 Children 4 to 12... $2 Children under 4 eat for FREE!
Dine in or take out available.
St. Nick will be here passing out special "little gifts" & candy!
Start off the holidays
with the entire family having breakfast together
at Divine Word... great food, friends and fun!
We Need Your Help for Christmas!
We have begun the process of organizing the annual
Parish Christmas Project... a way for us to reach out and spread Christmas Spirit to members of the community needing special care. We are trying to identify these individuals or families.
Do you know anyone struggling financially, personally, spiritually, etc. needing some extra care this Christmas?
Please let father Dave or Adam Lesko know!
(This information will be kept confidential
but we really need YOUR help identifying those in need!!)