December 8, 2013 A View from the Rectory Window

="2ndThis Sunday, the Second Sunday of Advent, Saint Matthew introduces John the Baptist with the following words:

John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” It was of him that the prophet Isaiah had spoken when he said:  A voice of one crying out in the desert, Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. At that time Jerusalem, all Judea, and the whole region around the Jordan were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River as they acknowledged their sins. (Mt 3:1-4)

In perhaps a more familiar Christmas announcement, Saint Luke introduces us to the 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 2:1011)

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.

On Tuesday, December 10, at 7pm in the Church of the Resurrection we will celebrate a communal penance service in order to honestly and humbly approach the great feast of God’s love for us.

I acknowledge that for many, this moment will pass without notice. Many will continue to carry this burden of sinfulness without notice, without care or concern. Why do we live lives so burdened?

The message of John the Baptist, of the angel to the shepherds, and of our Lord is clear; “Relinquish the burden of your sins” and embrace the angel’s assurance of “great joy” that will be made known to those who accept His promise of mercy and forgiveness.

Saint Maximilian Kolbe pray for us.

Father Pete