Hello Again, We ended our Liturgical year with a bang last weekend. It was sad and we left with full bellies and certainly a bit nostalgic. It was an important moment in our parish’s life. Today is also an important moment in our life as parish. It is the beginning, the actual official beginning, of our life as the Parish of Saint Joseph-Saint Pius X. Beginnings are moments of tremendous hope for us. When we begin something we look straight into nothing except our hopes, our dreams and our great expectations. These dreams, hopes and expectations are not experienced in a vacuum. Beginnings are also moments of fear and anxiety as well. These fears and anxieties can often overpower our hopes and joys. For instance if we hold in our memories/subconscious beginnings in our past which ended badly, we may not be able to see anything joyful about any beginning, because all we can think about is the end. I think that it is important for us to take the time to recognize the endings and beginnings that occur in our everyday lives. We must take the time to feel and deal with the grief of endings that occur in our lives in order to be able to hope and dream in the beginnings that occur in our lives.
Our lives and our measurement of time is cyclical. We have four seasons in a year and then the seasons repeat. Our birthday occurs in reality only once, but we commemorate it once each and every year of our lives. The same is true of anniversaries, new years etc. One can often feel like one is living one’s life on a merry go round that never seems to stop, especially if we do not stop ourselves and take the time to experience these endings and beginnings. The church gives us some time to do this every year. It begins its new year not with a Black Friday mad rush to get your shopping done, but with a four week prep for the “new” celebration of the Birth of our Savior. We do not rush into Christmas. We watch, wait and pray our way into it (while at the same time we fight for the last big screen, smartest TV at WalMart). Advent invites us to a place (our Church building and/or our hearts) where we can watch, wait and pray. Please try to take some time this Advent to ponder the joys and hopes and the fears and anxieties of this New Year. If you do I promise that you will truly know joy and experience the merriest of Christmases and a hope filled New Year!
Peace and God Bless!