A Word from Fr. Bob
Dear Church Family,
A joyous Christmas Eve to all of you. I feel really good and at peace because it seems that all our gifting especially our own St. Vincent DePaul, our own St. Augustine Wellston Center and our own Father Bob’s Outreach of Food Baskets, all went well. We were blessed with good weather and enough gifting to touch so many people and many of you also touched lots of people. So we are grateful as we celebrate this 4th Sunday of Advent, Christmas Eve. I hope to see you at mid-night Mass and at Christmas Mass on Monday at 9am and at regular Mass 8:00 and 10:30 on Sunday, December 31. The New Year’s Day Mass will be at 9am in the rectory. This is a good way to start the New Year by praying. Thank you all for coming so regularly so we can journey together and support one another in a good way of living and loving. We are blessed to have one another to inspire and encourage. So that’s the way I feel. I get a lot of encouragement from so many people. Keep it up!
Now let us celebrate the Word. The 1st reading for this 4th Sunday of Advent says, “I rejoice hardily in the Lord and my God is the joy of my soul.” I feel good and you should also as we celebrate the Lord penetrating our lives with awesome feelings of love and concern for others. Enjoy in our faith as we come forward.
In the book of Samuel, David is grateful for the feeling that he is finally at peace and safe on all sides from his enemies. He thinks of the Lord lying in a tent while he is in a house of cedar. So he wants to build a house to the Lord for his grateful feelings. For our grateful feelings we are rewarded by our closeness to the Lord. Humbly we would love to stay there even though it doesn’t seem like we are all the way there, but we are. I invite you to hear that message from Samuel.
The 2nd reading proclaims from Saint Paul’s letter to the Romans that the mystery kept secret for long ages has now been manifested. Alleluia! We will celebrate that tomorrow.
Finally, Church, reflect on our Gospel from Luke that gives the story of Mary saying, “Yes” and calling us all the more to say, “yes” as we just live our spiritual lives. Joyous
Love, Fr. Bob