The Pastor's Desk
Advent II - John the Baptist's proclamation to prepare the way of the Lord is urgent, full of joy and excitement, as well as concern about readiness to face the glory of God. In this busy season of preparation when our calendars fill with social engagements and so much needs to be done before Christmas arrives, we can identify somewhat with John's joyful urgency. At the same time, John's cry in the desert offers us a moment of transcendence: what we are really preparing for is the coming of the Lord, who brings justice, wholeness and right relationship with God. As we approach Christmas, the coming of the Lord grounds our hearts in the joy of preparing his way even amidst our busy lives. This coming week offers another important Feast of the Blessed Mother - Our Lady of Guadalupe, on Wednesday, December 12. In this image Mary is presented as pregnant, "expecting" the birth of Jesus just as we are "expecting" his coming again. Peace and all good things in the Advent Season!
Peace and all good things!Fr. John