A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
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Wishing You a Blessed and Holy Christmas
December 22, 2018
I am not one who is fond of early deadlines. Somehow I can never quite project myself into the future. So it is with this column. I write this in early December knowing it won’t be published until Sunday, December 23rd. But so it goes.
As we enter into the Fourth Sunday of Advent, we do so knowing it is only about two days long. But the readings certainly help to set the stage for our celebration of Christmas. Luke presents to us the encounter between Mary and her cousin Elizabeth. In that encounter we are reminded how significant the upcoming celebration truly is. In Jesus, God has chosen to share fully in our humanity in all things but sin. Elizabeth rejoices, the mother of the savior should come to her. But that is precisely what happens at the birth of Jesus: the savior comes to us. And as the prophet Micah reminds us: from that humble and simple beginning, God’s salvation comes into the world.
Truly this is cause for great rejoicing! No wonder, then, that we take time out of our ordinary activities to stop and remember what all the presents, the special meals, the family gatherings are all about: Jesus’ birth that heralds the reign of God’s peace in our midst.
On behalf of the staff here at St. Francis Xavier may I extend to all of you a most blessed and holy Christmas. I pray that this celebration of the birth of Christ will bring renewed hope and deepened love into our hearts and families. Thank you to all who have helped us as a community to prepare for these holy days. So many people give of their time and talent to enrich our worship and worship environment. You are truly a remarkable people.
Thanks, too, to all of you who have offered their words of prayer and support through your cards and gifts. May the peace of Christ continue to reign in our hearts and come to rule the earth.
Blessed Christmas and a holy new year to all of you.