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Back First Sunday of Advent
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
From the Desk of Fr. Ron…….
People come from all over the world visit Niagara Falls Park, here in New York State. However, there are some people who have lived here all their lives and have yet to view this wonder of the world. How many Egyptians, who live day by day in the shadow of the great pyramids, never take the opportunity to notice, admire, and appreciate this spectacle of ages past? In our day to day lives we often live in a routine that is blind to the wider context of the reality we live in.
As we begin this new Liturgical Year “A” we are challenged to step back and reflect upon these Advent Scriptures. However, these same scriptures we examined and studied three years ago, our historical context from which we view them has changed.
The first two chapters of the book of the prophet Isaiah, summarize the whole book of prophecy. This weekend’s selection from Chapter two draws our renewed attention to God’s Holy Mountain. I’m sure that for generations people lived their ordinary lives around God’s Holy Mountain. Though, great in natural majesty many ordinary people lived lives oblivious to its presence and importance for them. Isaiah renews a call to come and again climb God’s Holy Mountain so God may instruct us in His ways and the people may again walk consciously in His paths.
Jesus, in this first selection from our new Liturgical Year’s study of the Gospel of Matthew, speaks about not being oblivious to the context in which we live. In the days of Noah, many ignored, criticized, and mocked Noah’s dedication and endurance at building a huge ark for a prophesied destruction of the known world. Their ignorance cost them their lives. We are told, “So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man.” (Mt. 24:39).
As St. Paul continually reminds us “Our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 3:20). It is in this context that we begin our Advent Journey with great HOPE. The Ark of Noah wasn’t perfect but still provided salvation from the storm. In a similar way, the human side of our Church is wounded by some very serious sin, but it is still the vehicle for our eternal salvation.
This Advent Season we hold on to our membership and confidence in the Church of the unbroken tradition from the Apostles. Though our Church is made up of human beings prone to sin, yet we know that Christ Jesus is living and active among us. This is truly a time of purification and cleansing. Our Advent Hymn helps place us in the context of our hope.
“Christ whose glory fills the skies. Christ the Everlasting Light. Son of Righteousness arise triumph o'er these shades of night. Come Thou long awaited one; in the fullness of Your Love. Loose this heart bound up by shame and I will never be the same.
So here I wait in hope of You, my soul's longing through and through. Dayspring from on high be near; Daystar in my heart appear.
Dark and cheerless is the morn, 'Till Your love in me is born. Joyless is the evening sun 'till Emmanuel has come.
So here I wait in hope of You, my soul's longing through and through. Dayspring from on high be near; Daystar in my heart appear. (Advent Hymn by Christy Nockels)
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.