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Tuesday, November 19, 2019
From the Desk of Fr. Ron…….
While all human beings have the need to be loved, accepted and appreciated, many long for being paid noticeable attention to and respected. Some hunger for relationships with the famous, wealthy and the mighty as if their own importance relied on such acquaintances. To have the attention, acceptance and enjoy some level of relationship with the high and mighty often becomes their life goal. As Jesus often says in the Gospels: “It can’t be that way with you.” (Luke 22:26).
The Gospel recollections of the life and ministry of Jesus couldn’t be more the opposite. As we conclude this Liturgical Year “C,” which featured the Gospel of St. Luke, we recall how the Gospel began with Mary’s song of praise: “He has shown might with His arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart. He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones, but lifted up the lowly. The hungry He has filled with good things; the rich He has sent away empty.” (Luke 1:51-53). The Gospel of Luke pictures Jesus as the promoter of a life of reversals. What we humanly are often attracted to and long for, He promotes just the opposite. When He proclaims the “Kingdom of God is among you,” the disciples as well as most of the people fix their gaze upon their surroundings waiting for a physical kingdom to drop from the sky; a kingdom that they will be able to claim powerful and authoritative seats at Jesus’ right and His left. But, His Kingdom is not physical but other worldly and understood as in a different dimension of existence. “The Kingdom of God is among you.” Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King. Where is His throne? Where is His victory over His enemies? Where is His grandeur? This weekend’s Gospel takes us to the brutality of the Cross of Calvary. If Jesus loved us so much that He willingly sacrifices His life in such a shameful, embarrassing and horrid way, of course he will save the repentant thief. He will also save us, if we but ask in faith. But, then we have to agree to live life as a citizen of that Kingdom He came to bring. We have to take on that same selflessness that embodied His ministry to others. Then many will get to know Him, not only by our words, but most importantly by our selfless example. For those of us who live within God’s Kingdom here on earth, the miracles never cease. God’s presence is forever revealed and acknowledged. As Psalm 122 proclaims: “Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord,” where we will hear Jesus say: “Today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43).
ADVENT 2019 will begin on the Dec. 1st weekend. Here at Nativity our focus for Advent will be “Welcoming in a New Season of Hope.” We will begin each weekend Eucharistic Liturgy with a new hopeful Advent selection. Along with our regular participants in our opening procession we wish to invite individuals and/or their family per mass time to join us serving our community, by carrying in procession the lit candles that will be utilized in our Advent Wreath. If you wish to serve our parish family in this way, please call our parish office and submit your reservation for which Advent Sunday and mass time you can be of service to our worship community. Thank you.
LIGHT ON FOR YOU CONFESSIONS will be held on Wednesdays: Dec 4th and 18th in Church and Dec 11th in the Paa Center from 5:00PM to 7:00PM. Welcome!
COMMUNITY CELEBRATION OF PENANCE will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 17th beginning at 7:00PM. We warmly welcome our sisters and brothers from Nativity along with those from St. Teresa and Sacred Heart Parish, and our young parishioners from our Edge Program Outreach. Let us prepare our hearts to receive and welcome Jesus as our guest.