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Second Sunday of Advent (December 8, 2013)
(click here for the Spanish version of Pastor's Pen)
The Gospel describes to us an important aspect of the advent season, which is meant to make and prepare a space for Christ. John the Baptist states, “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” We are to open our hearts and minds to the truth of Christ so as to receive His mercy and follow His way. These weeks before Christmas need to be a time of preparation and discernment of “what is of value” so that we can stand before Christ without baggage or burden. Advent is the time of year to engage, develop, and improve our prayer life and worship, which is where we meet God.
When Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem, there was no space for them in civilized homes; instead, Jesus the king of kings was born in a manger a dirty place were animals feed and live. John the Baptist calls us to task on this issue. Repent of your sin, re-look at your lives, and open up your soul to the birth of the Lord in those dirty places where savagery has reigned.
There are places within us all were we have been closed off from Christ’s redemption whether it be apathy, cynicism, gossip, selfishness, greed, hatred, envy, stubbornness, vanity, hopelessness, contraception, self-centeredness, false pride, thievery, anger, hatred...etc. Often, we know our faults, but we are unwilling to face them and ask for Jesus’ cleansing presence in the shameful places of our lives.
Jesus was born in the filth of an animal’s stable; He was born in the middle of a messy world where He brings mercy and redemption. However, His mercy and redemption can only come to those who invite Him into their lives. Our problems, difficulties, and sins can only be dealt with if we bring Jesus to those messy, gross, and dirty places of our lives. He can only clean what we show him.
“Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths” to the places with which we need help.— Fr. Luke Jauregui
Inspired by Saint Pius X, the parish takes to heart his motto: “To restore All Things in Christ”.This is grounded in personal renewal, parish renewal and in community renewal. The parish celebrates this by actively participating in Eucharist worship, prayer, the Sacraments, promoting social justice and providing a variety of forms of Catholic education available for all members. We are proud of our economic, cultural and age diversity. We share our gifts and resources to live the Gospel of Jesus in a spirit of joy.
St. Pius was born on June 2, 1835, at Riese in the Diocese of Treviso, Italy. Named Joseph Sarto, he was the oldest of eight surviving children of a poor family. He was educated in his home town before he began studies for the priesthood at the seminary in Padua, in 1850. He was ordained on September 18, 1858, at the cathedral in Castelfranco. He was named Bishop of Mantua on November 19, 1884. On June 12, 1893, he was created a cardinal. Ten years later, August 4, 1903, he was elected Pope and crowned on August 9, 1903... [ Click Next ]