Pastor’s Reflection for November 27, 2016
This week we begin our Advent season. We will begin to recall the story of our Salvation. This is a new year for the church’s liturgical season. Now is a good time to make a spiritual resolution to foster a closer relationship with Jesus. I came across this article from The Word Among Us for your reflection.
Where are we to praise God? In his sanctuary, for the psalmist, this would have meant the Temple, but for us, it is much broader. His sanctuary is in our churches, of course, but it is also in our homes and in the innermost part of our souls.
Why praise God? Because of His majesty and His mighty deeds. Over and over, He demonstrated His power and mercy to the Israelites. Likewise, He has revealed himself to us as a mighty Savior, healer, and restorer.
How should we praise? With music, singing, and even dancing. Our praise should involve our whole body. It should fill the atmosphere!
Finally, who should praise God? That’s simple. Everyone who can breathe is called to praise the Lord!
This “who” includes you. So why not respond to the call right now? Wherever you are, turn to the Lord in the “sanctuary” of your heart. Call to mind all that He has done for you: how He has blessed you, loved you, guarded you, redeemed you, healed you, and transformed you. Next, find a way to praise Him for all of this. If you are somewhere private, sing a familiar hymn. If you can’t sing out loud, sing in your heart, or offer a quiet prayer of thankfulness. Or maybe you can express your praise by telling a friend about how good God has been to you.
Whether through singing or talking or even thinking your praise to the Lord, you can fill your environment with the beauty of prayer. So hold onto this call to praise all day long. Remember, you belong to the Lord, and “Alleluia” is your song!
“Lord, I Praise You!”
The offertory collection for both Christmas and Easter goes to the Archdiocese for the medical and retirement needs of the priests of the Archdiocese. Since Christmas falls on a Sunday this year, we will be short one week’s collection as income for the parish. I ask during one of the Sundays of Advent, that you give a double portion of your normal offertory so we will meet our expenses.
I will be available for confession this week on Monday, November 28, from 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.
God love you,