A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
June 30, 2020
“The End Is Here… Time for a New Beginning”
November 25, 2016
In the past few weeks we have come to the end of a number of things:
· The summer weather is pretty much over.
· The World Series is over.
· Veteran’s Day is past.
· Daylight Savings Time has ended.
· Thanksgiving Day is over.
· The election is finally over.
· And the Church’s liturgical year is over. A new one begins today.
As I look back and consider the election I am led to be at peace with it, even if we didn’t have much of a choice (in the presidential category anyway) this time around! Last Sunday’s celebration of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe assured us that God is still in control. “The Lord sits as King forever. . . The Lord will bless His people with peace.” Jesus is our only real Commander-in-chief. Thursday’s Thanksgiving message was simply: “Sing and make music to the Lord in your hearts, always thanking God the Father for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
This weekend Isaiah speaks to the people of Judah (and to us) when he says: “People…..let’s live by the light of the Lord.” Our Responsorial Psalm: “…we pray that you will have peace and that all will go well...” In Romans St. Paul reminds us: “You know what sort of times we live in, and so you should live properly” and “Let
the Lord Jesus be as near to you as the clothes you wear!” And Matthew’s gospel: “Always be ready! You don’t know when the Son of Man will come” So, why at the beginning of the new Church year, do we hear these end times warnings? I think our Father in heaven is prompting us to “be on our toes” or maybe even better on our knees! Advent is a great time for that.