‘Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!’ Psalm 27:14
At the very core of Advent is our waiting for God. We expect God to come. However what makes waiting a ‘thorn in the flesh’ for some is because not only does it not fit into our ‘hurry up’ culture but it also doesn’t make us in control. The season of Advent forces us to accept that God is in control. As such, Advent beckons us to let go and let God.
It is because of this that we can say that Advent is not only our waiting FOR God but rather it is also about the waiting OF God. God waits for us, too. One of the many ways that God waits for us is in his longing that we be reconciled with him, particularly in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. As we prepare for Advent, we are to remember that there is no true preparation without reconciliation with the Lord. In view of this, I am inviting you to the 7pm Advent Penitential Service on Monday, December 21. Together as one community, let us encounter the Lord, experience His merciful love, be reconciled with Him, and be truly prepared for His coming. As we all know, other opportunities for reconciliation are every Saturday (4:00 to 4:30pm and 6:30pm to 7:30pm) in English, Spanish or Tagalog. You may also call the parish office for an appointment for confession with either Fr. Brian or myself when you cannot make it during the regular schedule. This Advent, we wait for God, God waits for us, and your priests wait for you, too!
A meaningful weekend as we celebrate the First Sunday of Advent!