December 7, 2014 – A View from the Rectory Window

 

Advent, we anticipate telling anew the story of the message of an angel who proclaims to the awe-struck shepherds: “I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born who is Messiah and Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11). At the same time, as we recall the coming of our Savior as an infant we also prepare ourselves for the day, “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit upon his glorious throne and all the nations will be assembled before him.” (Mt. 25:31-32) How these powerful images of the humility and grandeur of our God stand together remind me of the words of Saint Francis de Sales:

Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.

This theme is picked up so beautifully this Sunday, the Second Sunday of Advent, in the words of the Prophet Isaiah:

Comfort, give comfort to my people,
says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her
that her service is at an end,
her guilt is expiated;
indeed, she has received from the hand of the LORD
double for all her sins.. .
Here is your God!
Here comes with power
the Lord GOD
who rules by his strong arm;
here is his reward with him,
his recompense before him.
Like a shepherd he feeds his flock;
in his arms he gathers the lambs,
carrying them in his bosom,
and leading the ewes with care.
Is 40:1-5, 9-11
 

No matter the messenger, the message is the same, the birth of He who is to save us from our sins. I truly believe that the most genuine and authentic way to approach this foremost feast of our faith is to entrust our sins to our Savior who comes in the power and tenderness of the cross which is foreshadowed in His birth.

On Tuesday, December 9, at 7pm in the Church of the Resurrection we will celebrate a Communal

Penance Service in order to honestly and humbly approach this great feast of God’s love for us.

Father Pete