November 30, 2014 – A View from the Rectory Window

Rejoice the lord is nearYes,” said Sam, “I saw him plainly take the goods.” The lawyer asked Sam again, “Sam, this happened     at night. Are you sure you saw my client commit       this crime?” “Yes” said Sam, “I saw him do it.” Then the lawyer said, “Sam, listen, you are 80 years old and your eyesight is probably pretty bad. Just how far can you see at night?” Sam quickly replied, “I can see the moon, how far is that?”

We are now in the season of Advent.

Advent is not about one coming, but rather about three comings: the first coming is the remembrance of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth in the flesh; the next coming which Advent calls our attention to, is a coming greater than the simple fact of a human birth. This is the coming of the presence of God in our midst, a coming which makes Jesus present in our lives… now. The final coming to which Advent points us is the Second Coming of Christ.

I believe Advent challenges us to see and encounter Jesus present in our lives, anew. In her book             The Liturgical Year, Joan Chittister defines Advent as the season that “teaches us to wait for what is       beyond the obvious. It trains us to see what is behind the apparent. Advent makes us look for God in all the places we have until now, ignored.”

My prayer for our parish family and families is that we will see Jesus who is closer to us than we are to ourselves.

Father Pete