During this past week we celebrated Thanksgiving. As we gathered with our families, we recalled the many blessings that God has bestowed on us. While this celebration is a secular feast, it reminds us all of the importance of giving thanks to Our Heavenly Father for all He does for us, and to thank all those in our lives we take for granted. Saying our thanks indicates how important they are to us and confirms our love for them.
We will soon enter into the Advent Season. It is, above all, a season of preparation by means of purification. The words of Saint John the Baptist, which express his mission in the world, uncover the meaning of our Advent observance: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.” (Mt 3:3) Even as Saint John the Baptist prepared the way of our Lord’s coming into the world, we too must get ready to welcome our Lord more completely into our lives now, so that we may be ready to welcome Him finally and fully on the day of His coming in glory at the end of time.
How do we prepare ourselves for the coming of the Lord? Over the next four weeks, we will be spending much of our time decorating our homes, writing Christmas cards, and purchasing gifts for our loved ones. These are all things we do to prepare to celebrate Christmas day with great joy. To experience even greater joy, you and I must prepare ourselves. As we prepare our homes so we prepare our souls.
This coming Thursday is our last Heritage Luncheon before the celebration of Christmas. Our special guests this time will be members of the Saint Louis County Police Department and the K-9 unit. If you have not made plans to attend, please do so by calling the rectory to make sure we have an accurate count. We have been having a great response to these luncheons with about 150 in attendance. Many thanks to all our volunteers who have made this event possible