Happy Advent! Merry Christmas!
Sunday, 24 December 2017
This Pastor’s Corner will be a bit different. Today we celebrate the 4th Sunday of Advent and this evening and tomorrow, we celebrate Christmas! It is the shortest 4th week of Advent possible – only a few hours!
It is difficult to believe that we are already here. The waiting is nearly over. We have prepared these last three weeks. We have cleansed our souls with the Sacrament of Confession. We have decorated and set up our homes to receive our Lord Jesus. We are ready to welcome Him into our hearts, into our souls, into our lives, into our homes.
Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!
We celebrated the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! We sing Glory to God in the highest! We welcome him with gifts of love, the gift of an open heart, the gift of faith and fidelity to the Gospel, the gift of a desire to do His will. We welcome Him at mass this evening or tomorrow morning. (Yes, this morning’s mass does not count for our Christmas mass and this evening’s mass does not count for our Sunday mass.)
A gift from the Pastoral Staff of the parish is outside in the Narthex. Please take a copy of “Joy to the World: How Christ’s Coming Changed Everything (and still does)” by Scott Hahn. This wonderful book reminds us of the impact Jesus makes in our lives. He gives us hope in the midst of the sufferings and trials of this world. He gives meaning to our lives beyond the merely material. He gives us a love which transcends and encompasses every other love we experience. Enjoy this book this Christmas and into the New Year!
On behalf of Fathers Jason Adams, Samuel Aniekwe, and the whole Pastoral Staff of St. James, I wish each of you a Merry Christmas! Be assured that you are all included in my masses and prayers this day. May the Peace, Joy, and Love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with each of you and your families during this Christmas Season and throughout this next year.
Peace in Christ,
Fr. Daniel F. Firmin