From Fr. Kitsmiller

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 

In the Gospel for this Second Sunday of Advent, Luke introduces us to the ministry of St. John the Baptist. He does so by telling us the civil rulers of the day, including the emperor and the various governors of Palestine. We are familiar with these names: Caesar, Herod, and Pontius Pilate. Luke also uses a similar introduction when he tells us about the birth of John the Baptist and the birth of Jesus. You are no doubt familiar with the beginning of Luke’s Christmas story: “in those day a decree went out from Caesar Augustus…” Luke is keen to remind his audience that Jesus’ birth came about in the context of human history. He was immersed in the world the same way we are, being born, growing up amidst tragedy, war, political and social intrigue and discord. If we think that the world in which we live is chaotic and out of control, remember that our Lord came into this chaos to save us and direct us to salvation. He came to change the path of this world and reorder it towards God’s kingdom. He continues to do this, especially through His Church. We must invite Jesus into our lives in order to change the course of our history. Let us change our hearts and minds for Jesus Christ. 

Have a good week! 

Fr. Kitsmiller 
Administrator Pro Tem