Pastor’s Reflection for November 29, 2015

Dear Parishioners,

This weekend we begin a new liturgical year, the first Sunday of Advent. This is a time of Advent1stweekpreparation for the coming of the Lord. For many this is a very hectic time. May we all take some quiet time to reflect on what areas of our lives we need Jesus to make us more like Him. Let us remember that Jesus came to save us from our sins.

We just celebrated our Thanksgiving holiday. I hope that you all had a pleasant time with family and friends. One of the pleasant experiences is leftovers. You can still have a bit of turkey or another piece of pie. In fact, they may even taste better. I think everyone enjoys leftovers. Unfortunately, this may be what the Lord gets in our relationship with Him. Does the Lord get the leftovers in my life? I wish to pray but I have so much to do. When I do find the time, it may be late at night. I am tired and really can’t get into it. I say a short prayer and I say at least I gave Jesus a thought. This may be a time to think about Jesus getting some prime time, time that I am alert and not in a rush. In any relationship that we value, we make the time to spend with that person. It has been suggested by a spiritual writer that we make an appointment with God. A time that nothing else will take precedent. After all, we are talking about God, the God who is Father, who shepherds us and is the source of all that we need. His is the source of our life and the one who loves us unconditionally.

We also had Black Friday. We see people going to the malls to get the bargains. People spend time hunting for deals on the computer. How much time we spend chasing after the things of this world that can never quench the thirst of our spirits.

Our society has taken our holy day and made it into a holiday. Let us take back this blessed feast of the birthday of our Savior. Let us keep Christ in Christmas. Let us prepare for a great coming of Jesus into our lives.  Let us have a Merry Christmas. Let us celebrate Mass on Christmas with a renewed appreciation of such a gift of the Father, His Son Jesus given to us as our Savior. May we be like the star drawing our family and friends to the manger on Christmas. Let us all invite those who have been absent from our weekly worship. That would be a great gift we give to another on Christmas.

For those who may be interested, Msgr. Frank O’Sullivan, a former pastor of St. Joseph Parish, is now residing at Winchester Nursing Center, 223 Swanton Street, Winchester, MA 01890.

A reminder that the monthly Healing Mass this Wednesday, December 2, starting with the recitation of the rosary at 7:00 p.m.

I am available for confession on Tuesday, December 1, from 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.

God love you,