Message From Father Maurer
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice! The Lord is near. Philippians 4:4,5
Happy Gaudete Sunday! We celebrate the third Sunday of Advent with the words that open the introit of the Mass "Rejoice in the Lord always! Again I say, rejoice!".
Although less sober than Lent, Advent is penitential in its nature. We wear violet and attend to our sins more consciously, I'd knowledge that we are not worthy of the great gift that we anticipate in Christmas.
Yet we are about to receive a great gift! In just 11 days, we will be celebrating the birth of Christ. The greatest mystery of all creation, the union of God and man, the word made flesh, Jesus Christ. True God and true man, without mingling and yet one in the person of our savior. Sharing in our nature, Jesus began his life among us, for the purpose of our salvation!
This seems like something worth celebrating!
As we approach the final days of Advent, may we together praise God for his love for us, and thank him for the gift of Christ's birth.