WALK WITH GOD’S PEACE IN HARMONY!
OK….the turkey has been cooked and consumed and we are a week into Advent. Are you walking with God’s Peace in Harmony? This time of year seems to be rushed by our driven, determined, goal-oriented, fast-moving lives. We seem to be in a hurry all the time never with never enough time to get everything done.
“Stop and be patient!” Take time to appreciate standing in line, maybe even visit with the person ahead or behind you. Maybe sing to yourself or reflect on the goodness of life while stuck in traffic. Visit with others while waiting to be served at restaurants, doctor’s offices, banks or check-outs. “But you don’t understand Fr. Mike!” The list includes picking up the kids, helping with homework or a project, and the e-mails that need to be responded to because they are piling up.
Please let that little voice inside say: “Walk with God’s peace in harmony!”
Advent is here, enjoy it don’t be hurried and harried. En-compassing the four weeks before Christmas, Advent is the liturgical season of vigilance and waiting. We light the candles of our Advent wreaths and put ourselves in the spiritual space of our faith waiting for the coming of the Messiah. As we watch and wait, we prepare ourselves directing our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. Christmas! Take time to enjoy the house decorating, the gifts bought and wrapped, and parties and gatherings!
Many good things can come from watching and waiting. Having to wait reminds us that it is not all about us and sometimes other forces are in control, that does not mean they have to control you. I fully realize our lives are part of a complex, the fullness of which only God can properly put into order.
Yes, we are forced to wait because God wants us to consider or reconsider the course we have planned. Perhaps we are made to wait because we are not yet adequately prepared to receive what God wants to give us.
Remember always that Advent is a time of awaiting the coming of God’s greatest gift, God’s Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. As we await do so “Walking with God’s peace in harmony!”
Finally – Please do it now if you have not already done it! We are getting closer to our Catholic Ministry Appeal goal of $195,712. Thank you for making your pledge! Your pledge is important to the life of our local Church and to our parish. Please make your gift or pledge this week so we can conclude the Appeal before the Christmas season.
Let us continue to pray and sacrifice for peace in our world!
In peace and courage,