The Final Push … and then Rejoice!

Clergy Corner by Fr. Williams

Whereas this title could make you think of all kinds of things, I just want to  remind you to buckle in spiritually for the last couple of days of preparation before Christmas. So often, these are the days that we are in the last stressful moments of buying gifts, cooking or trying to arrange final logistics for family and friends’ visits. Then, we find ourselves worn out during the most “joyous” time of year, short and quick tempered with our family and friends, and to be honest, for many of us, ready for these days to pass by quickly so as to regain some SANITY. 

 

These are the results when our focus is distracted from the spiritual things of heaven to the material things of this world. Advent is about preparing ourselves to receive our Lord at Christmas. That takes a couple of minutes here and there throughout each day, TAKING TIME to choose one part of yourself to prepare for the Lord at Christmas. That is the greatest gift you can give Him (and your family). And when Christmas comes in a few short days, take it in, CELEBRATE the greatest gift of God in Jesus, and take a moment with friends and family to rejoice in that saving peace.

 

In life, if we don’t stop for a couple of minutes throughout each day to get ourselves together, we will find   ourselves falling apart. That is NOT the reason for the season. The reason is to take a couple of minutes each day to prepare ourselves and our families in the Lord, and then celebrate him for the whole Christmas season, not just Christmas morning. What child is told by their mother to celebrate something for at least 8 days and then says no and throws away the party on day 2? NONSENSE!

 

Mother Church is telling you … celebrate the Octave ‘til January 1, REJOICE and even keep going ‘til the Baptism of the Lord on January 12! We here at St. Mary Magdalene will keep it going on the 4th and 11th of   January with our Epiphany Potluck Dinners and hope you can join us!

 

So prepare spiritually these last couple of days, take time to BREATHE and pray, and then REJOICE for the rest of the year and drink lots of eggnog!

 

 

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