PASTOR’S REFLECTION FOR DECEMBER 24, 2017

Dear Parishioners,

“The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light.” (Isaiah 9:2). This is what we celebrate on Christmas. We are a people, a nation, a world that is in darkness. There is so much violence, hatred, immorality and selfishness. Many have turned away from God. We find ourselves making legal what is immoral. We find people who stand up for what is right are abused and attacked. Many do not know the purpose of their lives and are living according to the philosophies of the secular world. Thankfully, a light has come to dispel the darkness. The Prince of Peace has come to bring love and healing. He has come to show us the way of truth and justice. He has come to bring love that will melt the coldness of our hearts. The angels proclaim to the shepherds, “I have good news of great joy, your Savior has been born in Bethlehem.” This message is for us as well. Jesus has come. He is the greatest gift we can receive. May we open our hearts to receive our Lord and Savior. May He be born anew in the stable of our hearts. May He free us from any bondage to sin and, with His Spirit, give us what we need to live each day in our love of God and neighbor. Let us live in joy that we now have the hope of eternal life. May the darkness of this world flee with the coming of the light that was born on Christmas.

I wish to thank McDonald Funeral Home for their generosity in providing the calendars to the parish.

The Christmas collection is to support the retirement and health needs of the priests of the Archdiocese. I thank you in advance for your generosity.

Caleb & I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas. May the love of Jesus fill your homes and hearts with peace and love.

God love you,