Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice…Indeed, the Lord is near.” These words come from St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians (4:4-5) in which he encouraged the Philippians to rejoice because of the grace of God that was working through them, especially in their faith and their spirit of generosity. This passage comes from the second reading for today’s Mass. This Third Sunday of Advent has traditionally had joyful, expectant tone, because the Advent Season is half way over and the celebration of Christmas is almost here. This is also why the color pink or rose is used in the Advent wreath and sometimes the liturgical vestments. For some people, this time of year can be a lonely or difficult time. Persons who have lost loved ones recently or have no family around or who suffer from depression may find it difficult to get into the holiday spirit. They may feel alone. It is important for us to reach out to persons who are struggling during the holidays. They may benefit from an invitation to a Christmas dinner, Christmas Mass, a present or simple conversation over coffee. As we think about the many details of the Christmas festivities, let us also reach out to those in need who need to know that the Lord is near.
Have a blessed Third Week of Advent!
Administrator Pro Tem