December 16, 2007
Homecoming. Restoration. Healing. Joy. Some words reside more properly in our hearts than in our minds, because in every age they express our deepest hopes, and some things make more sense to our hearts than to our minds.
The people of ancient Israel, our ancestors in faith, struggled with exile and wandering and a longing for home that included vindication over the enemies that had destroyed their beautiful city and kept them under the cruel heel of oppression and captivity.
When things were at their worst, it must have taken a considerable measure of courage to hope for such wonderful things as homecoming, restoration, healing, and joy.
Advent is getting ready for that impossibility which will permit us to dance and sing and march and thank and drink –and live!
Joy is home…God created us in joy and for joy, and in the long run not all the darkness there is in the world and in ourselves can separate us finally from that joy…
As we journey through these weeks of Advent the chances are high that we will stumble upon some piece of good news or some little break that can help us move forward with our lives. But in the clutter and busyness of these weeks it is so easy to miss the little bits of good news that are happening. They are so important and always need to be nurtured and harnessed. Not to do so means we can miss out on much in our preparation for Christmas.
Thought For Today by Fr.James McSweeney
Light the same two candles . Then light the pink or rose colored candle. Rose is a sign of joy that He is coming soon! Christmas is much closer now
Jesus Others Yourself
If you put Jesus first, others second and yourself last, you will experience true JOY this Christmas season! Celebrate and feel the JOY that comes from knowing Christ!
'ON YA' - MA