Christmas is growing nearer each day. Some may say, "We only have eleven more shopping days", where others will say, "We only have eleven more days to prepare for the celebration of Christ's birth". Needless to say, this is different for each individual, and the Church knows this. Therefore the Church uses this season of Advent to help us prepare to celebrate this joyous event.
We are a week away from a second collection for our retired religious sisters and brothers. The Diocesan collection for the retired priests is taken up on Easter Sunday. This collection recognizes the decades and decades of service the religious sisters and brothers have given to our church and schools.
Today we begin Advent. Advent is a time to prepare and direct our hearts and minds towards Christ, both at the second coming and in the Nativity of Our Lord. It is a time of anticipation for what will come. In Christ's second coming and in Christ's Nativity we see love. We see the eternal love of God when we enter the heavenly Kingdom of God and also the immense love of God who sent his Son, to become man for the salvation of all.
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
We rejoice on this Feast of the King! Someone has said that we don't relate well to "kings". Perhaps we should title this feast "Christ the President," or "Christ the Prime Minister". However, presidents and prime ministers own their office to popularity polls and elections. Christ the King owes his position to neither elections nor popularity polls. Christ is true God and true Man. Christ is King, may he reign in the hearts of his people forever!