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Sunday, December 15, 2019
From the Desk of Fr. Ron…….
. This weekend, we celebrate Gaudate Sunday. “Gaudete Sunday is the third Sunday of Advent in the liturgical calendar of the Western Church, including the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, Lutheran Churches, and other mainline Protestant churches.” The Latin name for this Sunday means “Rejoice.” This weekend’s Biblical lessons open with John the Baptizer in prison, for fulfilling his role as “A voice proclaiming in the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!” (Isaiah 40:3). The main way to prepare was to admit, confess, take responsibility for one’s sins and repent. His preaching and teaching brought down many who thought they were powerful and untouchable. He faithfully suffers the consequences of his call. He’s aware of the ministry of Jesus and sends his disciples to ask Jesus a “yes” or “no” question. John’s disciples are told to go back and tell John what they see and hear. Is this the fulfillment of the Messianic prophecy of Isaiah: “The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; He has sent me to bring good news to the afflicted, to bind up the broken-hearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, release to the prisoners, To announce a year of favor from the LORD and a day of vindication by our God.” (Isaiah 61:1-2)? Jesus challenges John’s disciples and John himself to see the Messiah of God in Him.
In the second lesson St. James calls us all to patient waiting. In the prophecy of Isaiah this weekend we are challenged to: “Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God, He comes with vindication; With divine recompense he comes to save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall see, and the ears of the deaf be opened; Then the lame shall leap like a stag, and the mute tongue sing for joy” Isaiah 35:4-6.
Today’s message is strong with expectation and joyful hope that a resolution to our longing is at hand. Let us rejoice and be glad for as St. Paul says: “Our salvation is closer than when we first accepted the faith” Romans 13:11
CONGRATULATIONS FR. DANIEL OGBEIFUN on your appointment as Pastor of All Saints Parish in Lockport. This appointment takes effect, this Tuesday, Dec. 17th. We pray for Fr. Daniel, the people of All Saints Parish, and all of us here at Nativity Parish. Fr. Daniel will be available after every Mass this weekend, within the Msgr. Paa Center to receive your congratulations, prayers and best wishes.