Lord, how good it is for us to be here -- Matthew 17

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Nov 25, 2016

Dear friends,

Our Liturgy Committee selected the Advent theme of WALK WITH GOD’S PEACE IN HARMONY!

The word Advent comes from the Latin word meaning ‘coming’. The Lord is coming. We may reflect that every year at this time we celebrate Jesus’ coming, so that in a sense we can lose the feeling of expectancy and joyful anticipation, because at the end of the season, everything seems to return to pretty much the same routine. If that is the case, then our preparation may have been lacking and we have therefore been robbed of much of the true meaning of this season.

During Advent we recall the history of God's people and reflect on how the prophecies and promises of the Old Testament were fulfilled. This gives us a background for the present. Throughout all of Advent we should reflect on the track record of God and so begin to understand what it means to us now for the sake of what is to come, in our own future and that of our world.

In the midst of my Advent reflection I find myself using the Advent wreath as a reminder of how God’s love encircles us and our need to be awakened to the reality of that love on a daily basis. Also in line with our parish Advent theme WALK WITH GOD’S PEACE IN HARMONY!

I often find myself jumping ahead a couple liturgical seasons and using the Paschal Candle (Easter Candle) as a reminder that we are all called to walk in the light of the Lord. Even in the midst of this glorious season of Advent we can fall into a dark night of the soul because of what may be going on in our lives. It is my experience that I can avoid taking on a dark soul if I live in the light of Jesus and am conscious of all the positive actions being taken by the folks walking on the journey with me. Here at Transfiguration it is easy to spot lots of positive actions, just stand in the Gathering Area any weekend and take great joy in all the people stepping forward to assist with the long list of Christmas projects we are involved in as a parish community.

Finally – You have done it, haven’t you? We are very close to our Catholic Ministry Appeal goal of $195,712. Thank you for making your pledge! Have you returned your Catholic Ministries Appeal pledge card? 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,

 

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