(From the Bulletin of Sts. Joachim and Ann Catholic Church, November 27, 2016)
The First Sunday of Advent
On this First Sunday of Advent, we're concerned about one particular mountain—the Lord's Mountain. Isaiah issues an invitation: "Come, let us climb the Lord's mountain to the house of the God of Jacob, that He may instruct us in His ways, and we may walk in His paths."
In our First Reading, we also find that famous prophecy about all the nations eventually laying down their weapons of war. "One nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again." If we didn't believe that Scripture is the Word of God, we would call that an impossible dream! Just look around you: See what is happening in Syria, in Iraq, in Afghanistan and elsewhere. So, Christians must keep working and praying for peace! We must never accept war as the solution.
Advent is a time for us to wake from sleep, as St. Paul tells us in the Second Reading today. And Jesus, in the Gospel, urges us to "stay awake!" Why? Because we know "neither the day nor the hour when the Son of Man will come." So close to us Mrs. Theresa Larichere "aka" "Mother Theresa" kept that burning torch till this very day of November 22, 2016. May the Lord of Mercy welcome her into His Kingdom.
To those of you who are tired already of Christmas advertisements and glittering lights, and even Christmas music, just don't let the media and the market ruin your celebration. We really need Christ's coming with His love and His peace. And we definitely need these four weeks of Advent to prepare our families and ourselves.
Take advantage of what our parish offers us in the way of daily meditation and Christmas tree of Love and Compassion. We need to stir ourselves, for Christ is still struggling to redeem our world and He needs our response, he needs you. Let's start climbing that mountain!
Fr. Louis Kemayou, Pastor