As I went to bed last Sunday night and saw grass in my yard. When I woke up on Monday morning, there was nothing but snow outside my window. I actually saw my neighbor use his
lawnmower and his snow blower in less than a 24 hour period. That’s the kind of everchanging weather we live in when we choose to live in Minnesota.
As much as we like to complain about the snow, as Minnesotans, I think we also take pride in being a hearty bunch knowing that no matter what kind of weather God throws our way, we adapt and move on. Although few of us are ever ready for that first significant snow fall of the year, we all know it’s undoubtedly coming. As we look at our calendars, we are fully aware that the long, sunny summer days are behind us and we are transitioning into that time of year that are best known for short days, dark nights (that start in the late afternoon), cold temperatures and snow. Our calendars help us plan and prepare for the coming winter months.
Today marks a significant day in our liturgical calendar as well. Today we celebrate the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. It is also the last Sunday in Ordinary Time until after we celebrate the season of Advent and Christmas. After the celebration of The Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ next Sunday, we begin our Advent season and we won’t celebrate another Sunday in Ordinary Time until early January. Just as we prepare for the coming of
snow, we also prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Over the last few weekends, I suspect that many of you did the same thing I did—I bet you prepared for the coming of winter. You cut your grass for the last time this year. You raked up the last of the leaves on your lawn. You dug up the last of the annuals in your garden. You put your garden hose inside so it wouldn’t freeze over the winter. And you moved your lawnmower to the back of the garage while pulling the snow blower to the front.
These last few weeks have been a time of preparation.
The same holds true for our liturgical calendar. Over the next few weeks, we will be in a time of preparation as well. We are preparing ourselves to celebrate the birth of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. We recall how God so loved the world that He sent His only Son for our salvation (John 3:16).
We prepare for His incarnate Son. In other words, we prepare for Jesus to be made flesh and to become Man. In the coming weeks, we will have a lot of preparation on our minds such as our Thanksgiving meal, Black Friday shopping, putting up the Christmas tree and decorations, and buying gifts for friends and family. But please don’t overlook what you’re preparing for. Please remember that all of this preparation should focus on the birth of our
Savior, Jesus Christ!
Deacon Steve Pareja